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Mauser HSc pistol
Blued finish semi-automatic pistol with Germany military proofmark on edge of triggerguard. The German War Ministry contracted for the entire production of the HSc pistol in 1940. This pistol is a war trophy brought home by Frank P. Drummond (see expanded description below).
Frank P. Drummond served in the 75th Infantry Division, 75th Reconnaissance Troop. On March 18, 1944 he was inducted into the US Army and reported to Fort Jackson, SC. Later he was sent to Fort Leonard Wod in Missouri and was assigned to the 75th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop. After basic training, he was promoted to Corporal.
Following manuevers in Louisiana and additional training at Fort Breckenridge, Kentucky and Camp Shanks, New York, he boarded HMS Aquitania, a British ship chartered for transport services and set sail on November 15, 1944. Arriving at Tency, Wales on November 24, 1944, he then departed for Belgium on December 19, 1944. Taking part in reconnaissance missions against German forces involved in the Battle of the Bulge. Leaving Belgium on January 28, 1945, Drummond crossed over the Alps and located several pockets of German troops, completing this mission on February 14, 1945.
Following R&R in Holland, he was then assigned to Linford, Germany and contined to provide reconnaisssance services across the Rhine River, locating several pockets of German forces that refused to surrender. The cleaning up of pockets of German troops, and subsequent marching of prisoners finally ended on April 20, 1945. Battles that Frank P. Drummond participated in included the Ardennes campaign (December 23, 1944 to January 27, 1945), the Colmar Pocket battle (January 30 through February 9, 1945), and The Battle for the Ruhr (March 3 through April 15, 1945).
Frank P. Drummond left Germany on June 4, 1945. Crossing Belgium and France to finally arrive at Camp Chicago, he became a military policeman for his remaining service time. Finally boarding the USS Colby Victory on February 3, 1946, headed for the USA. Honorably discharged from the Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on February 8, 1946, Drumoond arrived home in Laurens, South Carolina that same day.