I received these photos from a friend with the story. It is the real deal. Its out of a private collection. In the last photo you can see bits of leather from the holster still stuck in the steel. Damage was most likely cause by a German 88. Today I was able to hold and photograph something that absolutely stopped me in my tracks. One person I shared this with said "you had hell in your hands" He was right. ... I hope the hero who died with this at his side went quickly. This is so representative of what the heroes of WWII went through.... . Not only in the Pacific theatre, but the German front also. This was Bastogne in 1944. It's in a friends private collection and it took some doing to be able to photograph it. I was shaking when I handed it back. "I took these photos today.. A gentleman I know was kind enough to allow me that privilege. Often times we get so caught up in the gun we forget the sacrifices. This one really brings it home. It is believed that the this damage is from artillery fire. This weapon was very likely holstered at the time, and the soldier was facing the explosion. I can't begin to tell you how powerful of a sentiment this raised in my heart to hold this" I shared this in a few historical groups I belong to, so some of you have already seen this, but it's just too powerful of an artifact not to share with the rest of you. Today I held hell in my hands.