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Ted, at the bottom of the property tag on the Viet M-44 you show on your site, there is German at the very bottom, below "Do Not Disturb"

This is the only German on the tag, which appears as dated updated in 1966..Wondered if you had noticed this and could this be a hold-over from a WWII ETO property tag that someone just updated without paying attention to the actual contents of the copy.

Just seemed odd to me.


 

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It's been suggested by others that are more familiar with that era that the rifle was sent to a US base in Germany to be "evaluated" and was "liberated" from there. Remember the US had a huge presence in Germany at that time and to this day still send wounded troops from Iraq there. I assume the German on the tag was for the benefit of civilian employees.
 

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I've seen several other examples of US Army paperwork that had a bit of German on them. Personal papers of a gentleman who spent much of the 60s & 70s stationed in Germany.
 

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That tag is a neat thing to have along with your collection.
 
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