A rare World War II combat weapon, shown
above, was taken from a display at the Washington County
Historical Society's museum.
WEST BEND - A rare World War II combat weapon was taken from a display
at the Washington County Historical Society's museum, according to Chip
Beckford, the society's director.
Beckford described the weapon as a combination knife/brass knuckles
that paratroopers wore strapped to their legs as part of their combat kit.
The knife is sometimes known as the "1918 brass knuckle
knife," but its proper designation is actually the US Mark I,
according to Historical Society information.
The weapon was taken sometime before Monday afternoon, when it was
discovered missing, Beckford said.
The scabbard the knife was contained in was also taken, Beckford said.
Both were attached by stainless steel wire to a paratrooper mannequin in
the World War II gallery, he said.
Anyone with information about the weapon should call the West Bend
Police Department at 262-335-5000.
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