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Dagger with a serrated edge and sheath acquired by a US soldier from German troops

Object | Accession Number: 1989.10.3 a-d

Serrated fighting knife and sheath retrieved by Robert Alden, an American soldier, from German soldiers as he helped to liberate concentration camps in Germany in April-May 1945. The 22 year old Alden was a captain in the Corps of Engineers in the Third Army under General Patton. Divisions of the Third Army liberated several concentration camp, including Dora-Mittelbau, Buchenwald, Dachau and several subcamps. When the war in Europe ended on May 7, 1945, Alden went to the Philippines and was stationed in Japan during the US military occupation.

Date
approximately 1945 April-1945 May  (received)
Geography
received : Germany
Language
German
Classification
Weapons
Object Type
Daggers (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dion Alden Holt
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:23:06
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