Great pics ! Captain Montanaro looked ready with his P08 Artillery Model W/ snail drum magazine !
Captain Montanaro was a veteran of the Royal Engineers who was evacuate from Dunkirk in 1940 prior to joining the 101 Troop No.6 Commando.
He earned the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of gallant and distinguished service on 11/12 April 1942 at Boulogne harbour, in France:
"On the night of 11/12 April 1942 Captain Montanaro accompanied by Trooper Preece, entered Boulogne Harbour in a canoe which had been taken by a Motor Launch to about one and a half miles from the harbour entrance. Successfully avoiding detection by the breakwater forts, and a number of vessels which were active in the harbour, they manoeuvred the canoe alongside an enemy tanker to which eight explosive charges were attached below water. They withdrew still undetected and commenced their return across channel without great expectation of being picked up until daylight some four hours later. The canoe had suffered some damage during the operation and the sea conditions were deteriorating so that it was fortunate that as planned the motor launch was able to make contact and pick them up an hour after they had left Boulogne Harbour, by which time they were 2 to 3 miles clear of the enemy coast. Subsequent air reconnaissance has established that the tanker was damaged and beached. Captain Montanaro displayed a high degree of courage, resolution, and indifference to danger, as well as skill in successfully carrying out this operation.".
He later joined the Special Boat Section (Home) (2 S.B.S.) and was the Chief Instructor in the early days until detached to command the Mobile Flotation Unit, being granted a commission as Lt. Commander in the Royal Navy and left the S.B.S
Ref: the LP08, although a little off topic for this board, my other passion is the Luger, and amongst those in my collection, I have a couple of LP08 Artillery examples, including a rare example from the Persian Mauser contract in the 1930's, with all the markings in Farsi, including the serial numbers.
LP08 Holster Rig 3.JPG 151.5K
3124 Toggle 'Arms Factory Mauser' markings.JPG 157.5K
3124 Farsi Safety.JPG 169.5K
Edited by rpbcps, 31 March 2020 - 06:00 AM.