D-DAY 101st Airborne: US ARMY PARATROOPER JUMP KNIFE AND SCABBARDS, JUNE 1944 M3 knife and scabbard: 12 x 2.5in (30 x 6cm)

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Lot 272
D-DAY 101st Airborne: US ARMY PARATROOPER JUMP KNIFE AND SCABBARDS, JUNE 1944
M3 knife and scabbard: 12 x 2.5in (30 x 6cm)

US$ 1,200 - 1,800
£ 940 - 1,400
D-DAY 101st Airborne: US ARMY PARATROOPER JUMP KNIFE AND SCABBARDS, JUNE 1944
A carbon steel M3 fighting knife with grooved leather handle and angular cross guard with M8 OD fiber-type scabbard with olive green rayon strap with brass buttoned fastener and steel throat marked "USM8 BMCO," scabbard body hand inscribed "Norm Capels G 506th PIR"; together with a leather M6 scabbard with metal wire belt hooks and brass button fastener.
Provenance: Norman Capels; the knife lost in combat June 1945, recovered by the French civilian population and sold in 1998 at a market in Balleroy, N.E. of St. Lo; The Mountfichet Castle Museum, Essex.

This jump knife was used on D-Day by Norman Capels of G Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division. The M6 scabbard was likewise found in Normandy following D-Day. Knives such as this were issued as a close-combat weapon to paratroopers.
M3 knife and scabbard: 12 x 2.5in (30 x 6cm)
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