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Catalog Number 2015.025.046
Description WWII German Army Officer's Dress Dagger with Stag Handle, c. 1939-1946 obtained by Allan R. Brown during World War II. Solid steel dagger (A) has a dull blade along the bottom edge that ends in a point. Handle is also steel with handle end in the shape of an eagle's head. There is a vertical slit, filled with red felt, down the back of the eagle's neck on the handle for use as a bayonet. Grips are stag antler. Steel handguard is curved at the bottom. There is a small leather cushion around blade just below handguard. Sheath (B) is black-painted steel with a small knob at the tip. It rests inside a leather carrying case with a black patent leather finish. Affixed to back of case is a silver colored ribbon with a corded finial end. Leather holder is sewn and has a hole in the front through which a clip mounted to the sheath is secured.
Object Name Dagger
Collection 3D - Armaments
Title WWII German Army Officer's Dress Dagger with Stag Handle, c. 1939-1946
Date c. 1939-1946
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text none
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)]

"WWII German Army Officer's Dagger - Stag Handle The German Army was made part of the Wehrmacht in May 1935 with the passing of the "Law for the Reconstruction of the National Defence Forces". Between 1935 and 1945 this force grew to consist of hundreds of divisions and thousands of smaller supporting units. Between 1939 and 1945 close to 16 million served in the Army.

Officers were allowed to wear a dress bayonet as part of their uniform. These items were worn promarily at special social events such as parties, parades, weddings, etc. The parade bayonets were beautifully design and were meant to compliment the looks of the uniform rather than be a weapon for fighting. "
[ 9/1/2015]
Dimensions H-16 W-4 D-1.25 inches
Dimension Details overall with blade inside sheath
Search Terms Brown, Allan R.
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Bayonets
Daggers & swords
World War II
People Brown, Allan R.