WHEN Americans think of German unification, they are apt to think only of joining together the East and West zones, split by the Iron Curtain. West Germans, however, even on their official maps, look beyond to a third Germany severed at Potsdam in 1945. At that time, Britain and the U.S. reluctantly agreed that Russia and Poland were entitled to territorial compensation at Germany’s expense. The final determination of Germany’s borders was to come later, in the Big Four Peace Conference that has never been held. At Potsdam, Russia annexed the northern half of East Prussia, including its ancient capital of Koenigsberg (now Kaliningrad). Poland took the rest of East Prussia and all German territory east of the Oder and Neisse rivers. An area the size of South Carolina, this included part of Brandenburg, most of Pomerania and all of German Silesia (coal, steel, potatoes). Millions of Germans were thrown out; Polish settlers moved in. The East German Communist government has been forced to sign away its claims on this territory, but West German Chancellor Adenauer has given notice that Germany will never accept the Oder-Neisse line as its eastern frontier. Thus Germany is the one European nation that is even more determined than the U.S. to roll back the Iron Curtain.
(West) Germany did end up accepting the Oder–Neisse line, by signing the Treaty of Moscow in 1970.
A U.S made reproduction of the famed German Luger P-08. The Mitchell Arms model differed primarily in being almost completely stainless in finish. Surprisingly it seems to be quite reliable with both it’s factory magazines and original German magazines. In spite being a near faithful reproduction with reliability and accuracy on it’s side, the Mitchell Arms P-08 suffered the same fate as it’s German namesake. The guns were too expensive to produce for a profit and were discontinued. (GRH)