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  1. Here is the photo of the one (1) remaining original grip that accompanied the North Africa (via India) USAAC bring-back example that I have noted, together with a photo of my WWII vet friend with his war trophy. My friend passed away 2-3 years ago; I need to reach out to the family to see what they might want to do with the pistol. As far as I'm concerned, the pistol is of negligible monetary value . . . I would just like to have it because of the interesting bring-back story from a WWII vet that lived down the street from me when I grew up.
  2. I found a couple of my photos of the very similar looking North Africa bring-back pistol that I mentioned in my post, above. Based on a response received from an Italian member on another forum, the pistol is a Spanish production copy of a Smith & Wesson revolver. These Spanish copies were imported to Italy c. 1916 for use by the Italian military. BTW: The grips on the pistol I observed were replaced with ivory while my WWII vet friend was in India (although he still had in his possession one of the original grips - shown in the photos). My WWII vet friend acquired his pistol in In
  3. The pistol appears to be a Spanish-made copy of a S&W type pistol. I have observed a similar pistol with a local WWII veteran in my area; his pistol was sourced out of surrendered Italian equipment in North Africa. In prior posts on another forum, I was told that the Italian military procured these pistols from Spain in the early part of the WWI era . . . . the pistol I observed had apparently remained in Italian military service up into WWII when it made its way to North Africa with Italian troops supporting the German "Afrika Korps". I would check to see if the bring-back veteran's
  4. Another possibility is that it could be a divorce situation. On other forums over the years, I've seen vets complain about an ex-wife selling/gifting/throwing away their war souvenirs. Specifically, I've seen an Iraq war vet make some very emotional pleas for return of his souvenir Iraq battle flag that his now ex-wife sold while they were separated . . . he knows it went to a dealer/vendor of military surplus type items and was later sold by the dealer to unknown persons.
  5. One other point to make re: "Capture Papers". A lesson that I learned from the ETO vet (an officer whose P.08 "Luger" pistol had PTO capture papers) is that the unit shown on the capture papers is NOT necessarily the unit the soldier spent his wartime service with. In the post-war period when troops were being rotated back to the US on the "points" system (both from ETO and PTO), "high points" qualified men were often transferred out of their wartime units into other units that were coming home more quickly. Plus, if a solder stayed in theater long enough post-war, many of the original uni
  6. I have personally spoken with (10+ years ago - he is now deceased) a WWII ETO vet who arrived back home in the U.S. via the PTO. Thus, his ETO war trophy P.08 "Luger" pistol has capture papers from the PTO. Specifically, after the surrender of Germany his unit was shipped directly from the ETO to the PTO in anticipation of the Invasion of Japan. After spending some post-war time in Japan, this soldier was eventually rotated back to the U.S. for discharge. As part of the paperwork and preparations for his return to the U.S., he had war trophy authorization papers (i.e. "Capture Papers") iss
  7. Do you have any photos of the smalls arms displays in the museum? If so, perhaps you could add them to this thread? I visited Ft. Worden about 15 years ago and very much enjoyed the small arms display. My recollection is that, among other items, they had a German MG08 w/ sled mount; MG 08/15 and a Japanese Type 92 HMG on tripod. I also recall staff at the museum telling me that most (if not all) of the MG's were donated by a private citizen and that, only a few months after the donation and transfer to the museum, the donor's house (where the MG's had been stored for decades) burned an
  8. Very nice thread . . . thanks for posting. I have visited U-505 on several occasions when in Chicago for work and/or family trips; the Museum of Science and Industry is a great visit for all ages. I, too, encountered Hans Goebeler on the gun show circuit in the early 1990's . . . selling autographed books, mugs, reprint photographs, ect. I recall that at his table he had on display a piece of U-505's outer hull that was bent, split, etc. from being hit by a projectile fired from a surface ship. Apparently U-505 had gotten caught on the surface earlier in the war and was attacked by an
  9. Thank you very much for posting these photos and description. For years I heard a (now-deceased) WWII vet friend of mine talk about these radio transmission towers. My friend - pictured- was Billy Jones of Jackson, MS, who served with the 32nd Infantry Division late-war in the PTO. Sgt. Jones ended up on Occupation Duty, part of which included approximately 10 months at Hario (in the Sasebo area) at a "Repatriation Camp" for Japanese POW's who were gathered up from various islands in the PTO and returned home to Japan via Sasebo. Sgt. Jones was a guard at the Repatriation Camp, and in the
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