German Submachine Gun
From the collection of the Zeeland Liberation Museum
h 28 cm x w 62 cm.
When Lieutenant Bas Groeneweg disarmed a young German soldier he had taken prisoner during the liberation of Zeeland, he did not hesitate for a moment.
That submachine would sure come in handy for his work with the Ordedienst (lit. Order Service). Weapons were scarce and on top of that it was an MP40: a gun that fired 500 rounds per minute – not for nothing the preferred model of the German army. And Bas made good use of it when he served with the Ordedienst, which was responsible for public safety after Zeeland was liberated. A year later when Bas left to fight in the Dutch East Indies, this submachine gun went with him.