Search for WW1 Luger Souvenir Soldier

Published on 2 December 2019

Search for WW1 Luger Souvenir Soldier

A military museum is appealing for information on a First World War gun which was handed in during a police firearms amnesty.

The German-issued Luger pistol was made in 1911, and it is believed a British soldier took it as a souvenir at Cambrai in 1917.

It was recently donated to the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset after being handed in to police in Wiltshire, who connected it to the battle 102 years ago.

The museum's staff are asking for anyone who may know more to get in touch with them.

On the leather holster, an inscription reads: "Souvenir of the Big Advance at Cambrai November 1917", and, "to Alice from HUD, Jany 21 - 18".

Curator David Willey wants to find out who took it, so its full story can be told.

"To be able to identify the soldier would be wonderful, and means we have another story to tell to our visitors," he said.

"Often these relics became family heirlooms and we'd love to trace the family that it belonged to so we can perhaps find the records of the man who brought it home as a souvenir."

The model was adopted by the German army in 1908 and became their main gun in the First World War.


Article accredited to: Forces Network 02/12/19

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