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Smith & Wesson "Victory Revolver"
Calibre: 38 S&W
Date: 1944
Price: £300

Very Good Condition With Interesting History

Smith & Wesson Victory Revolver - 38/200 British Service Revolver (.38S&W Caliber)

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 and Ownership
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 designated trainers.
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