Nazi Germany Dagger

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  1. Coleman

    Coleman New Member

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    I want to know more information about this dagger that was passed down to me from generations. According to the family legend my ancestor took it off the deceased body of a Nazi Officer that he was battling against. The dagger is in excellent condition. The sheath is in “good” condition, as well as the lanyard. The silver ornament is tired together and is in poor condition.
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  2. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    Unless your ancestor shot a plane down, the story is unlikely.
    It's a Luftwaffe ( German air force) dagger. Nonetheless, it's a nice one and of considerable value.
     

  3. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

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    What Bill said and double the considerable value. Nice piece.
     
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    Howdy, from Texas.
     
  5. accident

    accident Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Really cool dagger. I've never seen one.
     
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  6. 45nut

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    Let me be the devil's advocate here. Not all Luftwaffe officers were flying the planes. Some could have been engaged in fighting on the ground especially close to the end of the war. Just Sayin.

    BTW, very nice artifact.
     
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  7. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    Yes, they "could" have.
    Articles like this dagger got traded around among GIs. They were confiscated from prisoners and off dead soldiers. This was the common method of acquiring souvenirs.
    Not to detract from the honor of the greatest generation, but "I shot the officer (always an officer, BTW) and went over and took his dagger/pistol/flag/etc." seldom happened.
     
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  8. nmckenzie

    nmckenzie Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Looks to be an inscription carved into the grip's seventh "twist" - for lack of a better term. A name perhaps?
     
  9. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

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    Not being there you never know what happened. Dad gave my oldest brother a Hitler Youth Dagger - that he promptly lost in the woods somewhere around Fort Leonard Wood. As far as "it was usually an Officer" - most of the Nam vets I've seen were 'Grunts. I never knew there were so many Grunts and so few Support Personnel... Just the way stories shake out.

    That is a nice heirloom and a nice story. Enjoy both!
     
  10. TRAP55

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    Saw that too, blew the pic up, and it looks like "ALTON".
     
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  11. nmckenzie

    nmckenzie Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Just for the heck of it I Googled "Alton / Luftwaffe", and a few hits popped up - German aircraft being downed near Alton by RAF night fighters etc. Even so, I kinda doubt a Luftwaffe crewman would be toting a dress dagger on a bombing mission.
     
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