Rare WWII weapon stolen 
from Washington County Historical Society museum

By AL DUNN - GM Today Staff 

January 31, 2008

 

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.

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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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This story appeared in the West Bend Daily News on January 30, 2008.