Adolf Hitler: Der Fuehrer packed everytime a Walther PPK pistol cal.7,65mm (.32 auto) in the pocket of his uniform jacket....he used it at least once for capture a man who tried an attempt against his life in 1943
(read Eva Braun's diary): Eva and Adolf where relaxing in Berchtesgaden...Adolf was driving himself his car,with no bodyguards... a shot entered the glass shield.Adolf stopped the car and jumped with his PPK in hand ...soon after he comebacked with a man hands up....he put the man in the car,gave the PPK to Eva Braun to aim at the man and drived back the car,saying ''it's twice this year !''...Interrogated by the SS,it was obvious the man was alone and commited the attempt in ''solo'',he was executed pretty soon...
Comebacking with Hitler's PPK,this is the gun he used to commit suicide,as it is well known.
Hermann Goering : The Reichsmarschall was an avid hunter and gun-lover
so he had looooooots of hunting rifles and pistols....i know the firm Kriegshoff presented him with a beautiful Luger P-08,9mm,4'' barrel.
A collector have this gun today and it is worth $ 30,000
But is most favorite gun,the one he packed everyday was an american Smith & Wesson ,.38 special revolver (look at the picture and you will see Goering with a typical revolver holster)
Adolf Eichmann : He packed in Argentina a 1906 Luger,cal.7,65 Parabellum (not to be confused with the 7,65mm aka .32 auto !)
I don't know why he didn't packed it the day the israelis agents rapted him !!????? Fact is : this very gun was presented ,years after that,by an argentine colonel to a guy i know,who is an american military,son of a german officer of the Heer,exiled in Argentine.This gun was stolen in Miami,some years ago, the man called me and gave me the serial number of this gun ,for me to advise him in case the gun will appear in the country i currently live..... too sad i lost this serial number .....
Heinrich Himmler : For the pictures,we always see Himmler with a Luger Holster at the belt.I don't know if regulation gun or personnal one...
R.Heydrich: Same for Heydrich wich involved in a shooting with a czech resistant during the attempt against his life in 1942...wich he did with his Luger P-08 ... regulation or personnal weapon ???????
Benito Mussolini : In the firsts years of the fight for power,the Duce kept on his desk an italian Glisenti revolver 11mm and a handgrenade (!)
(see picture ...) ... i guess he switched to a more concealable automatic once he took power.... but the Glisenti was pretty powerful !
Alessandro Pavolini: General secretary of Republican Fascist Party of the RSI and supreme commander of the Black Brigades,packed a Model 1934 Beretta 9mm short (.380 auto)...i don't know if regulation one or personnal one.
Duke Amedeo of Aosta,Viceroy of Ethiopia,had a pronounced taste for beautiful personnal weapons....see the picture of his Beretta Model 1934,9mm short (380),golden platted and handcarved.
Winston Churchill: As a young british officer during the Boer War,Churchill saved his life once thanks to his beloved -and personnal- german made Mauser 1896 ,cal.7,63 Mauser
general Patton: Everybody knows Patton packed always two Colt Peacemaker single action revolvers and ,as a back -up , a Colt .380 pistol.
There is a controversy about the calibers of the Peacemaker ; some sources stated they were .45 Long Colt ....... others says Patton bought two very scarce samples of Peacemaker made by Colt in the then new caliber (after 1935) .357 Magnum ........ maybe a reader may give us the definitive answer ?
Leon Trotsky : When Lev Davidovich Bronstein,aka ''Leon Trotsky'', in exile in Mexico was murdered in 1940 by his secretary (in fact an NKVD agent) by order of Stalin,he had on his night table two handguns : a Browning cal.25 (aka 6,35mm) and a Colt snubby revolver cal.38
Fulgencio Battista : The dictador of Cuba ,who entered the war along the USA, had as personnal gun a handcarved and golden-platted spanish made Astra 400 cal.9mm.(today in Museo de la Revolucion in La Habana)
general Somoza: The nicaraguan dictador who sided with the allied too,loved the Colt 1911 cal.45 ACP........ but he was presented by Franklin Roosevelt two Colt Peacemaker single action (like the ones of Patton),cal:.45 long Colt, golden-platted and kept them in permanence on his desk...like Mussolini did.....( Roosevelt said from him :'' He is a son of a bitch,but he is OUR son of a bitch !'')
PLEASE any reader may feel free to add the personnal handguns of others famous leaders or generals... for instance i'm interested to know what favorite guns were the ones of Josef Stalin,Joseph Darnand,Ante Pavelic, SS generals like Sepp Dietrich,Theodor Eicke,Schellenberg,''Gestapo-Mueller'',etc.... ant -why not ?- the Grand Mufti !! ??
Pics : a) the Beretta pistol of Viceroy of Ethiopia,Duke Amedeo of Aosta.
b) the desk of Mussolini when he founded the Fascii da Combatimenti....
look down at the right :the Glisenti revolver and the handgrenade...
c) After his liberation from Gran Sasso ,Mussolini is received by Hitler at the Wolfschanze... we recognize Admiral Doenitz, SS general Fegelein,Martin Bormann...and Hermann Goering with an holster for his Smith & Wesson 38 spl revolver.
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