'm in command!
Hq 272nd Inf Rgt
April 3, 1945, the 272nd Inf Rgt was moving as a Combat Team in the direction of
Kassel, Germany. I was riding in a
Jeep with Col Walter Buie maintaining his situation map, my usual job.
a Jeep approached from the opposite direction slowing us to a halt. A Sergeant jumped out and told the Colonel there was a
castle ahead with a huge collection of arms - rifles - shotguns - elephant guns
- you name it stored in beautiful display cases, if he would like to see them.
Colonel directed the Sergeant to lead on. After
a short distance we turned into a road that would lead us to the village
of Elben and the Von Buttlar Castle, I would later learn, a beautiful old
after entering the castle, we came upon a hallway lined with gun cases in what
must have been thousands of dollars in value, or more, of guns of every description on display.
Indeed, a magnificent and valuable collection of arms.
one of the men with us emerged from a room in the back and told the Colonel he
had found a gun repair shop and maybe he would like to inspect it. We walked ino the shop which seemed to be bare except
for some wall cabinets which he began to open on the Colonel's orders.
first thing he brought out, with a shout, was a Broomhandle Mauser!
Colonel exclaimed sternly to the man, and all others, step back, I'm in command
here! Three Mausers were in the
cabinet. Two of which displayed the
Von Buttlar coat of arms. At the
urging of Major Henry P. Green, the 272nd S-3, the Colonel was asked to give him
one and me the third. At first, the
Colonel refused. But, that evening
he gave me the one without the coat of arms saying
Major Green had been given it.
valued my Mauser for years until stolen in a robbery from my home in the 1970's. By a bit of luck I encountered the daughter of Col. Buie who
eventually gave me his Mauser!