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Description Brown leather "clam shell" holster for German Luger, 2002.110.1 Back of holster marked"KIMNACH U BRUNN KAISERSLAUTERN 1940 WaA416" Under that is the intertwined letters "HL" Cover has black painted steel buckle. Cover has glue residue from what may have been a label. Holster includes a clip with serial number 1160 and Nazi acceptance marks.

Luger (2002.110.1) and holster were captured by Adrian Hansen, an Oshkosh soldier in the 82nd Airborne. See archives for official "capture papers" and U.S. Customs Declaration papers listing pistol.

Adrian Donald Hansen was born in Eldorado, WI on February 7, 1919, the son of Margaret May Griffiths Hansen and Pearl Steven Hansen. He attended Slough Bridge School, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. Before World War II, he worked for his father and the Wisconsin Diamond Match Company. He entered the U. S. Army on September 29, 1942. He was in the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Battalion of the 325 Glider Infantry. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in action in Normandy, France on June 14, 1944. He also received the good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon with one Silver and one Bronze Battle Star (six Campaigns or battles), and bronze arrowhead for combat glider landing; Glider Badge, four oversears Service Bars for two years overseas, Distinguished Unit Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and Glider Wings. His unit received a Presidential Citation for volunteering to go behind enemy lines to rescue troops in the Battle of the Bulge. He served with the 325th glider Infantry in French Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Ireland, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He was part of the Normandy Invasion on D-Day. He served in Foreign Service for 2 years, 4 months, 16 days. He was honorably discharged on September 22, 1945. He returned to the Diamond Match Company to work until it closed. He worked for the Turner Horse Stables and the Universal Foundry, Oshkosh until he retired at age 62. He died on September 8, 1998 in Oshkosh WI.
Dimensions W-8 L-10.25 D-2.5 inches
Year Range from 1940
Event World War II
Year range to 1940
Material Leather/Steel
Object ID 2002.110.2
Object Name Holster
Place of Origin Germany
Owned Hansen, Adrian Donald
People Hansen, Adrian Donald
Related Publications Larson, Bradley G. "Voices of History 1941-1945". Oshkosh Public Museum, 2003.
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