Matt Sharpe of the NRA National Firearms Museum will be at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia, on April 24, 25 and 26, 2009. He will have the following pieces from the Museum’s Nazi Saboteurs Collection:
- .32 caliber Walther PPK
- .32 caliber Mauser model 1934
- Explosive detonation device
Sharpe brigs us a little history on the pieces:
Throughout World War II, countless espionage operations were conducted by the belligerent nations in efforts to relay information, maintain reconnaissance, and sometimes, sabotage.
On June 12, 1942, under direct orders of Adolf Hitler, two teams of four German operatives landed on United States soil via U-Boat; one team arriving on the coast of Amagansett, New York, and another team landing at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Their mission was to wreak havoc on American transportation systems, factories and power plants using explosives and detonation devices to cause maximum destruction. Such an operation would cause mayhem in American infrastructure.
Unfortunately for the agents, their mission was never carried out, as they were ultimately turned into the FBI by one of their own, George John Dasch. His testimony was enough to incarcerate the German saboteurs, eventually resulting in an electric chair execution for six of the original eight operatives.
Two of the items confiscated from the Nazi agents were a .32 caliber Walther PPK and a .32 caliber Mauser model 1934. A third item was a small, hand-held detonation device intended to ignite an explosion. These three objects once resided in the personal office museum of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Today, these three historical pieces can be seen on display at the National Firearms Museum.
Thanks, Matt! We look forward to hearing more from you.
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Friday, April 24: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, April 25: 9 AM to 5 PM
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