WWII US 225Q Commando Fighting Knife -
In the Burma Campaign, the Chindits, whose long range penetration groups were trained to operate from bases deep behind Japanese lines, contained commandos (King's Regiment (Liverpool), 142 Commando Company) and Gurkhas. Their jungle expertise, which would play an important part in many British special forces operations post war, was learnt at a great cost in lives in the jungles of Burma fighting the Japanese.
The United States formed the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II under the Medal of Honor recipient William J. Donovan. This organization was the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and was responsible for both intelligence and Special Forces missions. The CIA's elite Special Activities Division is the direct descendant of the OSS.
In mid-1942, the United States formed the Rangers. The United States and Canada also formed a sabotage ski brigade for operations in Norway who became known as the Devil's Brigade, officially known as the First Special Service Force, during their eventual service in Italy. Merrill's Marauders were modelled on the Chindits and took part in similar operations in Burma.
These specialized troops required specialized knives to do the job.
Manufactured by Cattaraugus. The model 225q was designed for use by the US special forces. With a very stout blade
measuring approximatlly 6 inches. Leather handle with a checkered pommel. The knife came with a leather scabbard.
However, the scabbard shown here is not the one issued by the factory. The edge weapon featured ont this page may have been created in the aftermarket.
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The handle is made of leather discs. Some of them have been broken so it looks like leather string
was used to perform a field repair. The cross guard is made up of a thick, oval metal piece.
The side of the blade bears the manufacturer's name and knife model (cattaraugus, 225Q).
The pommel is round in shape and has a checkered pattern top. two rivets are employed to secure it
to the handle.
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