Artifacts

Sidearm Knife and Sheath

Artifact Details

The OSS’ presence in the China-Burma-India Theater demonstrated how intelligence could shape American foreign policy.

OSS Officer Sam Backus carved his initials, S.D.B., into the leather sheath of this steel, doubled-edged knife with grooved leather handle. Backus served in the China-Burma-India Theater during the war.

Artifact Specs

Knife: 29.4 cm x 5.7 cm x 2.6 cm
(L x W x H)

Sheath: 46 cm x 5.3 cm x 1.4 cm
(L x W x H)

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Official OSS Exhibition Catalogue

The Office of Strategic Services: America’s First Intelligence Agency