FN Browning Hi Power issued to German soldiers?

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FN Browning Hi Power issued to German soldiers?

Post by Stahlhelm Sanitary » 12 Apr 2019 23:20

I've just recently learned that when German forces successfully invaded Belgium, they were then controlling FN factories that manufactured small arms including the Browning 9mm Hi Power. However I am unaware of and would like to know the extend that the German military used their captured FN manufactured Hi Power pistols.

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Re: FN Browning Hi Power issued to German soldiers?

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Re: FN Browning Hi Power issued to German soldiers?

Post by Knouterer » 13 Apr 2019 08:23

The Germans were very interested in the FN factory and occupied it the day they marched into Liège. The managers proved uncooperative and were replaced by staff sent by DWM (Deutsche Waffen-und Munitionsfabrik) which took over the FN works.

The Germans, through forced labor and imported German technicians, increased the overall number to 12,000 staff from about 10,000. Production was slow at first with around 8,500 Browning Hi-Powers produced in 1940; however the following years saw a major increase in production (1941 – 65,700; 1942 – 80,600; 1943 – 101,200). By 1944 production was halted at 63,000 pistols due to the liberation of the factory by the Allied forces. Considerable numbers of FN Model 1910 and Model 1922 pistols were produced as well. Quality dropped somewhat in the course of the war, due to various factors, but there does not seem to be much evidence of deliberate sabotage by Belgian workers, as is sometimes claimed.

There is that famous picture of an SS soldier during the Battle of the Bulge holding a Hi-Power or "Pistole 640(b)" but they were used all through the Wehrmacht.
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Re: FN Browning Hi Power issued to German soldiers?

Post by Stahlhelm Sanitary » 13 Apr 2019 20:33

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Re: FN Browning Hi Power issued to German soldiers?

Post by Knouterer » 15 Apr 2019 13:56

The Hi-Power with adjustable sight held by Soviet partisans in the last picture is most likely captured from the Germans, but it may be from another source. Lithuania for example bought 7,000 in 1937, which presumably ended up in Soviet hands in 1940:

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Re: FN Browning Hi Power issued to German soldiers?

Post by JTV » 16 Apr 2019 05:16

Knouterer wrote:
15 Apr 2019 13:56
The Hi-Power with adjustable sight held by Soviet partisans in the last picture is most likely captured from the Germans, but it may be from another source. Lithuania for example bought 7,000 in 1937, which presumably ended up in Soviet hands in 1940.
That would be just one of the possible sources. Also Estonia acquired for its Army and Kaitseliit (National Guard) about 5,300 of these pistols in year 1937 and with Soviet occupation presumably most of them fell into Soviet hands in year 1940. Yet another possible source for early FN HP with tangent rear sight would be Finland, which also bought about 2,400 pistols for its military. Finnish pistols were delivered in February - March of 1940 and got issued to Army and Air Force.

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