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Catalog Number 2015.025.048
Description WWII German Army Officer's Dagger, c. 1938-1946 obtained by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Pointed dagger has a dull pointed blade and a yellow celluloid handle with a raised spiral design. Handle end and handguard are silver plated nickel metal with a raised leaf motif. Front of handguard is decorated with an eagle with spread wings holding a round swastika symbol. Back of handguard is smooth. A silver-colored cord with a large knot end is affixed to handle. Blade rests inside a silver-plated nickel metal sheath. There are two raised bands toward opening of sheath, decorated with an embossed leaf motif, from which two round metal rings hang.
Object Name Dagger
Collection 3D - Armaments
Title WWII German Army Officer's Dagger, c. 1938-1946
Date c. 1938-1946
Creator Alcoso ACS
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "Alcoso / A C / S / SOLINGEN" (makers mark with image of scales at top of blade)
Provenance Item belonging to Allan R. Brown during his tenure in the military:
-Served as a navigator for the Army Air Force in Germany during WWII from September 18, 1942 - January 10, 1946.
-After his plane was shot down, became a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luftwaffe I in Barthe, Germany from1944-1945
-Served as a navigator for the US Air Force during the Korean War from August 10,1950 - August 9, 1952.
-Served in the Air force Reserves following both tours of duty through 1982.
Notes “Inevitably Mr. Brown finally joined the service. Going down to the draft office at the age of 19, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, or as we know it now, the United States Air Force. He was sent off to England where he was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 14th Combat Wing, 392nd Bomb Squadron based at Wendling. … Ultimately there came the mission when Allan Brown didn’t return – his ninth.

On a mission over Munich where they were supposed to bomb industry, Mr. Brown’s bomber was hit by flak which locked the elevators. … Five to ten German fighters intercepted him and shredded the plane with their guns. The Liberator went up in flames. Three airmen were burned inside the bomber, while one died on the ground. The civilians that captured Mr. Brown called a Luftwaffe officer to pick him up, who then took him to solitary confinement at the air base in Munich. German interrogation officers … charged Mr. Brown as a spy, declaring that he had been dropped in for espionage work. …From the Interrogation Center, he was driven up to the cold regions of the Baltic Sea to Stalag Luftwaffe I, a prison camp for airmen who had been captured by the Luftwaffe. …On May18, 1945, the first Russian soldiers marched into the camp and declared every prisoner free.”
[“Allan Brown: A Biography” by Peter Allen Sparacino (Brown’s 13 year old neighbor’s 7th grade Literature class paper, May 21, 1997)]

The Army dagger was initially issued on May 4th, 1935 and was designed by Paul Casburg. It was produced in three different handle colors; white, yellow and orange. The early samples were manufactured with a white handle. The earlier daggers were produced by the Carl Eickhorn factory of Solingen.

The early production daggers had profusely silver plated over nickel for the fittings. The quality of the plating differ from one manufacturer to the other.

The dagger was worn by various ranks in the army; from officers to individuals holding the rank of field marshall. However, there was no distinction between the lower and higher rank officers.

The handle of the Army dagger was constructed from celluloiud and was painted yellow. A large Army eagle adorned the front of the handguard while the back was plain and smooth.
The looks of the dagger were complemented by wrapping a portapee around the handle. The example shown here displays typical wear marks."
[ 9/1/2015]
Dimensions H-16 W-2.75 D-1 inches
Dimension Details in sheat; does not include cord
Search Terms Brown, Allan R.
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Arms & armament
Ceremonial objects
Daggers & swords
World War II
People Brown, Allan R.