WORLD WAR II
Pistol

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Description Walther PPk pistol in caliber 7.65 mm (.32 auto) with pressed beech wood grip panels and blued steel, with accompanying black pebble grain holster. Blowback, double action operation, clip fed semi-automatic pistol with thumb operated safety and clip release button on left side. Marked on left side of slide: "Waffenfabrik Walther, Zela Mehlis (Thur) Walther's Patent Cal 7,65mm Mod PP" along with Waffenamps, "Wa4369" which indicates acceptance by the military. Right side of slide and trigger housing has serial number, 359787P. Late war production with coarse finish and visible machine marks. Clip is missing. Shows very little wear and bluing is intact throughout. This model pistol was introduced by German arms designer Carl Walther in 1930 as the PPk (Polizie Pistole Kriminal) and was designed for use by plains clothes policemen, and after 1933, also issued to Nazi officers and secret police. The accompanying holster is black pebble grain leather with flap, sewn with white thread. Holder for extra clip on front.

War trophy brought home by Adrian Hansen. 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.
Year Range from 1940
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Material Steel/Wood
Object ID 2002.110.41
Object Name Pistol
Place of Origin Germany
People Hansen, Adrian Donald
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