The Führer With the Golden Gun

Who would have thought that Adolph Hitler was the original man with the golden gun? That’s one thing I love about the internet, endless amounts of useless information.

Hitler’s 50th birthday present was one of a kind. Image Credit: gunsamerica.com

This .32 caliber gold-washed pistol (sporting floral engravings and Hitler’s initials on the ivory grips) was given to the Führer as a 50th birthday present on April 20th, 1939, by Carl Walther and his family. That’s right, the PPK people. It was one of the hundreds of ornate gifts the German dictator received that day.

Fast Forward to the Final Days of the Third Reich

Our story picks up six years later in Munich when US Army Lieutenant Ira Palm was on a mission with a small group of men to capture or kill the German leader.

Palm, a member of Company B of the 179th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Infantry Division, had, with his men, fought his way across France and into the heart of Germany, aided by a small group of German soldiers who were revolting against the Nazis.