Walther P38 Pistol Holster : Major Grahame Scarlett

Place Europe: Germany, Bremen
Accession Number REL31810.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Firearm accessory
Place made Germany
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Walther P38 Pistol, second model, black cowhide leather, softshell holster. This model was introduced in late 1943 and features a spare magazine pouch. The leather is single stitched with heavy duty cotton thread. A flap is secured by a leather strap fastened over metal stud and loop arrangement. Markings - bla 1944 (manufacturer's cypher and date); Waffenamt stamp; P38.

History / Summary

The Walther P38 pistol and holster was obtained by Major Grahame Scarlett, who served with the 2/1st Field Regiment and at the time was attached as an observer with the XIII British Army while serving in Germany between March and May 1945. The pistol was given to him on April 27, 1945 in Bremen by a young woman who initially pointed the weapon at him before surrendering it. She had evidently found the pistol in a garden.