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A rare find! We managed to find and identify the pistol that belonged to Jozef Gabčík – Nový Čas

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Czech researchers managed to find and identify the personal pistol of Jozef Gabčík, one of the paratroopers who assassinated the deputy imperial protector Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942. When Gabčík got a British-made Sten submachine gun and the bomb dropped by Jan Kubiš in Heydrich’s bend only hurt, Gabčík tried to shoot him with an American Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless pistol – again to no avail. What happened to Gabčík’s weapon was not clear for a long time. But now, 80 years after the attack on Heydrich, he is back in the world. Historians call it the “holy grail” of the Czechoslovak anti-Nazi resistance, the ČT24 station said on Friday. According to Pavel Černý, a former police officer and president of the Liga Libe association, the pistol was recently found not only with the weapon that Gabčík shot at Heydrich, but also with the one he had with him during the final battle in the crypt of the Prague Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius. “It is a weapon that fired according to Gestapo reports against Obergruppenführer Heydrich; which fired after his driver Klein, and which with 99.9 percent Gabčík eventually ended his life in the crypt,” Černý clarified. He added that the identity of the weapon with serial number 539370, which he presented to the public for the first time in his document “Anthropoid – bend”, and its connection with Jozef Gabčík are confirmed by data from London as well as from Berlin. Her fate after the fight in the crypt was complicated. First, like the other things of the fallen Czechoslovak soldiers, the Germans seized it and placed it at the Gestapo headquarters in Petschk’s palace. After the war, these things were taken elsewhere. The weapon in question is now privately owned; its owner wishes to remain anonymous. However, he did not buy the pistol as Gabčík’s weapon – it was not known at the time, although it could be assumed that it belonged to one of the paratroopers. Sten, who is stuck in Gabčík, remains missing. Historians believe that in time he could be found. The assassination of May 27, 1942 was followed in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia by the so-called heydrichiad – Nazi terror and mass executions, which culminated in June 1942 with the extermination of the Czech villages of Lidice and Ležáky by the German army. Jozef Gabčík was born in 1912 in Poluvsí, which is now a part of Rajecké Teplice.

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