Smith & Wesson "Victory Revolver"
Calibre: 38 S&W
Very Good Condition With Interesting History
Smith & Wesson Victory Revolver - 38/200 British Service Revolver
WW2 lend Lease for the British & Allied War Effort.
The Back Strap is marked HE-M
Has the HE-M markings of Hessen, Germany, as authorized by the Allied
Control Council in Nov. 1945 for Allied weapons issue to civilian Police
units. 4590 revolvers.
In the months after the end of the war, lawlessness was
rampant in Germany. By the time the the US & Great Britain had assumed
responsibility for civil affairs in October 1945, SHAEF's Public Safety
Branch had recruited over 22,000 German police officers, but they had
no uniforms, no means of tactical communication with one another, no transportation,
and none were armed. Without weapons, the police who tried to intervene
in violent crimes often joined the ranks of the victims.
Subsequently, on November 6, 1945 the Allied Control Council
passed Directive Number 16, entitled Arming the German Police.
The day after Directive 16 was issued, a very limited
number of Italian Carcano Rifles and pistols, many without ammunition,
were provided to the public officials for their police officers.
The German police should be armed
as speedily as possible in order that it may be able to take an active
part in the maintenance of law and order. It should be re-armed under
the following conditions.
A. It should not have completely automatic weapons
or any weapons other than pistols, revolvers and truncheons, with the
exception of the rural police and the frontier control police who may
be issued with carbines.
B. The re-arming of the German police shall be carried
out by the issue of fire-arms manufactured outside Germany in order
to facilitate the control of fire-arms and munitions in German hands,
and eliminate any justification for the continuance of German manufacture
of fire-arms or munitions.
C. All weapons issued to the German police shall be
distinctively marked in order to facilitate control of same.
D. No police services shall be re-armed before de-nazification
and removal of all personnel hostile to the military government of Germany.
Moreover, the police personnel will not be re-armed until after they
have been trained in their duties. Before issue of arms a Public Safety
officer shall guarantee and certify the efficiency of the training and
the competence thereof justifying such rearmament. Control will be established
over the procurement and distribution of police fire-arms and ammunition
by means of requiring written accountability from each police agency.
The loss of any weapon must be immediately reported to Military Government
by the German police in writing.
Weapons Training, Maintenance
Initial training in the operation, use, and maintenance of the weapons
was provided to designated trainers in each police force by the Allied
Public Safety Officers. All further training was conducted by these
Between 1945 and 1949, it was the responsibility of each police agency
to inventory, maintain, and service its own weapons. With the formation
of the West German government in May 1949, all control of the weapons
was turned over to the new German government of each Land (State), which
now had its own Waffenamt (Ordnance Department) to assume responsibility
for the weapons.
British Lend Lease Revolver - Post War Issue to the German Hessen
Police Under Occupation.
Often these would have only been issued with one
round of ammunition
Section 5 or 7.3
Can be Deactivated to order