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Artillery Lugers in WWII?

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Hello all,

Some of you may have seen my question about the IMA Artillery rig in the holster section...I described a little about the Erfurt Artillery I recently picked up. I will post another post after this weekend with pics...

However a question I have now is was there any kind of widespread use of Artillery Lugers in WWII? Just curious, as I explained the bulk of my collecting direction lies in WWII German combat gear and weapons. I've had some earlier stuff come in and out of my hands over the years including a really nice all matching 1904 Danzig G. 98 w/ bayonet, and several Commission 88's and a 71/84. I always ended up getting rid of them as my collection grew out of hand, and I tried to regain some control.

In any case, I won't be getting rid of my Artillery, since I have always thought they were one of the best looking guns ever made, but I was curious as to if they were used in WWII. I am assuming the Germans were allowed to keep some stocks of Artilleries after the war, or were they only allowed to keep the regular 4" Lugers? I don't think I have ever seen any photographic evidence of Artilleries in WWII, so I figured I'd ask here....
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In 1995 I purchased a all matching LP-08, made by DWM, from a gun shop. The shop owner bought it from the recent widow, who I later talked to and she informed me her husband was a member of the US Army and he picked it up in the last weeks of the war in Germany. It had a SE/63 non matching magazine.

It has Imperial Army unit markings on the front grip.

Based upon the widow's "story", this Luger was used during the final days of the war. While there is no way to formally document her story, she had no interest/reason in making it up.
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