Chechen warlord Kadyrov claims to possess Hitler’s suicide weapon
Kadyrov showed the Kremlin propagandist a pistol that allegedly belonged to Hitler (Photo:60 хвилин)
Chechen warlord and Russian vassal Ramzan Kadyrov proudly showed off what he claimed to have been the "trophy pistol that Hitler used to shoot himself”, during an interview with Kremlin propagandist Olga Skabeyeva, aired on Feb. 13.
The Chechen warlord was immediately mocked for the assertion on social media.
In the video, Kadyrov struggles to pull the weapon out of its holster and says that he brought it to show it off, as it’s ”a trophy pistol with which Hitler shot himself." He adds that it was "brought to him by his commanders."
The video quickly went viral, with users deriding the pride with which the Russian vassal looks at the "trophy" pistol, though it is unlikely that Kadyrov's "commanders" had personally stormed the Reich Chancellery and captured the valuable artifact.
More probably, the Chechen despot was deceived — it is extremely unlikely that the weapon in his hands ever belonged to the German Führer, and even more unlikely that he shot himself with it.
The fact is that no one really knows which gun ended Hitler's life — all that’s known is that it was a 7.65 mm Walther PP or Walther PPK.
The pistol Kadyrov holds indeed resembles a Walther, but the weapon was mass-produced from 1929-1945. It was in service with the police, hence its name (PP — Polizeipistole, PPK — Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell). It can still be purchased now for anywhere between $800 to $2,000.
These pistols were also treasured by German officers, including the highest-ranking ones.
Adolf Hitler also had a Walther PP, as the head of the gun company gave it to him for his 50th birthday. But that particular pistol is well-known, as it is covered with gilding, has an ivory handle, and the AH monogram.
The fate of this Walther remains unknown. According to some sources, Hitler got rid of it long before his death, giving it to German fighter ace Werner Mölders for shooting down 101 warplanes.
Others claim that the Nazi leader still had the weapon in 1945, but in a Munich apartment rather than in the Führerbunker.
The description of Kadyrov's pistol refers to traces of blood on the breechblock, which allegedly matches Hitler's blood type.
Despite these contradictions, the gilded Walther is considered in the public consciousness to be the most likely weapon of the Führer's suicide. The weapon was depicted in the famous series of photographs by the American photographer Tyler Shields.
One way or another, it is impossible to find out for sure, as no one had the serial numbers of the personal weapons of the Führer and Eva Braun, and the memoirs of those who first arrived at the scene of the suicide of Hitler and his wife do not describe the gun. Moreover, it is impossible to say for sure what kind of gun it was, let alone track its subsequent whereabouts.
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