A 9mm (PARA) SEMI-AUTOMATIC SERVICE-PISTOL, MODEL 'P08 LUGER', serial no. 2615G,
dated for 1916, with 4in. sighted barrel, maker's monogram to toggle-link, blued receiver and frame, straw finished ancillaries, chequered walnut grips, all matching numbers except later aluminium based magazine, strong amount of finish remaining
Provenance: The above pistol was, up till recently, held on a UK Firearms Certificate as a trophy of war by Major General John Swinton of Kimmerghame, living at Kimmerghame House, Duns, Berwickshire.
Major-General Sir John Swinton of Kimmerghame, KCVO, OBE, DL (21 April 1925 - 4 October 2018) was a British Army officer who served as Major-General commanding the Household Division and General Officer Commanding London District from 1976 until his retirement in 1979.
Swinton was commissioned into the Scots Guards on 24 March 1944, and was twice wounded towards the end of the Second World War. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 8 November 1947. He served in Malaya during the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation and was mentioned in despatches. Swinton was promoted to Captain on 21 April 1952. Between 1953-54, he was aide-de-camp to Field-Marshal Sir William Slim, Governor-General of Australia.
This Luger pistol was surrendered to him during WW2 by a German officer, who apparently was extremely upset that he was having to give up a pistol that had belonged to his father in WW1.
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