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A unique history and contemporary documentation of the Carl Walther Waffenfabrik, Zella-Mehlis, Germany, including the story of the founder, Walther family members, managers, personnel, manufacturing processes and procedures, the turbulent times surrounding involving production during WWI and WWII, and the Walther family involvement in the National Socialist regime. Fateful Years includes scores of never-before seen photos of the company facilities, personnel, as well as pistol and shoulder arms produced over the decades by the company. These include Walther pocket pistols, the famous PP, PPK, and P.38 as well as the company's short history in developing and producing the WWII G.41, G.43, and K.43 rifles for the German Wehrmacht. Originally written and published in German, Fateful Years, has been faithfully translated, expanded and printed in English in the United States for historians, collectors and small arms enthusiasts.


  • Binding: Hardcover, page count TBA
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-7342359-1-3

Fateful Years, Carl Walther: The World Famous Thuringian Arms Factory

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