Box of WWII pistols unearthed

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A cache of WWII-era firearms has been unearthed on the Baltic coast following a storm.

A cache of WWII-era firearms has been unearthed on the Baltic coast following a storm.

Alexander Ladwig, age 23, was walking along the seashore with his father, near the town of Waabs, north of Hamburg and near the border with Denmark, when he made the discovery. A recent storm had stripped away sand from dunes on the beach, revealing a box stuffed with rusty pistols and ammunition. A total of 30 handguns were in the box, which Alexander reported to the local authorities. Rather than restore or put them in a museum though, once confirmed as Wehrmacht issue they were destroyed.

The pictures that Alexander managed to snap before the authorities took them reveal several Walther P-38s, a Browning Hi-Power, a the Pistole 640b plus a number of Astra pistols. Numerous commentators on social media admitted they would have simply taken them home for cleaning, even though Germany has strict gun laws and is hugely sensitive about WWII era weaponry and Nazi iconography.

 

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