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Barling’s briar wood straight billiard pipe used by American soldier and liberator

Object | Accession Number: 2012.427.3

Barling’s pre-transition, Ye Olde Wood pipe used by Captain Ralph M. Kopansky during his service as a US soldier in Europe from 1944 - 1945. This line of pipes was made to be among the best smoking instruments in the world and carved from the company’s signature, highest quality briar wood, which was sourced, harvested, and seasoned under the direct control of the Barling family. On September 22, 1941, Ralph, an Army reservist, enlisted for active duty. Following Japan’s December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States entered World War II. In 1943, he received intelligence training and was assigned to the XIII Corps as an Assistant Intelligence Officer. In 1944, Ralph’s Corps was deployed to Europe. The Corps trained in England, and fought in France, before advancing into Germany, in January 1945. On April 4, the XIII Corps was with the 4th Armored and the 89th Infantry Divisions when they liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp. During an inspection tour of the camp, Ralph was photographed viewing the charred remains of the prisoners. The photograph, 74589, is part of the Museum’s collection. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered.

manufacture:  1930-1945
use:  approximately 1945
manufacture: England
Object Type
Tobacco pipes (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dr. Terry Kopansky
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:19:30
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