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#349596 05/28/2021 07:16 PM
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LF&C Knife and Colt 1903 w/issue shoulder holster

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Ron,

Cool pistol rig and knives

Here is a push dagger I've had for almost 60 years. Made in the UK by Robbins Dudley

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Excellent and rare. Thanks for sharing. Ron

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Ron and Dave

Thats some very nice items!

Can't say I have seen either shown before!

Thats the amazing thing in this hobby! Folks sharing treasures!

Now both of you! You showed the pie so tell me more!

Tell me details Ron!

Dave

I have idea what it does but!

PVON

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E. Michael Burke

Edmund Michael Burke (August 6, 1916 – February 5, 1987) was a U.S. Navy Officer, O.S.S. agent, C.I.A. agent, general manager of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, CBS executive, President of the New York Yankees, the New York Knicks, and Madison Square Garden.


Early life

Burke was born in Enfield, Connecticut, and attended Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania playing halfback on the football team. He graduated in 1939 and was given a tryout by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1941.
World War II

After working as a cargo inspector in the New York waterfront, Burke was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy. A chance meeting with head of the O.S.S General William J. Donovan led to transfer to his command. Donovan told him "Anybody who can run back punts the way you can ought to be able to wiggle behind enemy lines".

Ensign Burke was sent to Algiers in 1942, then Sicily in 1943, and later landing in Salerno in the same year.

Burke was one of the members of the "MacGregor Mission" led by Lt. John M. Shaheen consisting of Burke, Henry Ringling North (brother of circus president John Ringling North) and Marcello Girosi, a former New York businessman who had a brother Massimo who was an Italian admiral. The "MacGregor Mission" was responsible for discovering information on Axis weapons.

One of the missions was to smuggle Italian Vice Admiral Eugenio Minisini out of Italy in 1943. Admiral Minisini was in the Engineering section of the Italian Navy and was directing the use of a magnetic firing device for torpedoes.[6] As the American Navy was having problems with their detonators setting off torpedoes, this was a crucial piece of technology. The four men landed by PT boat in Capri and brought back Admiral Minisini. Admiral Minisini was actually captured on the small island of San Martino by the British 30 Commando unit, created by James Bond author Ian Fleming, on the night of 17/18 September 1943 along with his wife and 13 pieces of luggage. He was handed over to the OSS on Capri the following day.

Burke and North were both awarded the Silver Star for their work.

Following the Italian campaign, Burke was parachuted into the Vosges region of France to arm and organise the French Resistance. During World War II, Michael Burke was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver Star, and the French Médaille de la Résistance.

Cloak and Dagger

After the war Burke was recruited by Warner Brothers to be a technical advisor for Fritz Lang's O.S.S. film Cloak and Dagger. Burke had a bit part in the film but it was cut during editing. During the filming he met Henry Ringling North's sister whom he later married. During the filming Burke and a fellow OSS agent Andreas Diamond met at Lang's home to discuss various methods of killing someone with your bare hands and were seen rolling around the floor to design a fight scene with OSS methods for the film. A Warner Bros memo records the fact that the fight scene was the only scene that Gary Cooper, who had problems with the scientific dialogue his character had to say, did well during the film.

C.I.A.

When Burke's screenwriting career didn't pan out he was recruited into the C.I.A. after lunch in the Algonquin Hotel, serving in Rome and other parts of Europe for five years. Burke was allowed to use the cover of working for Warner Brothers whilst he was doing various scouting and liaison missions in Europe. Using his experience with French Resistance groups in the War, Burke was given the mission to "Recruit a limited number of refugees, train them as agents and place them clandestinely back on their native soil. There they would seek out any incipient resistance elements that might exist" behind the Iron Curtain.

In 1949 he replaced Robert Low as the American officer in charge of setting up paramilitary and political operations in Albania. Following Albania Burke worked on Polish anti Soviet resistance operations and tested Soviet radar capabilities by using Polish pilots.

Burke served as an intelligence and special operations adviser to John J. McCloy, the United States High Commissioner in Germany, from 1951 to 1954.

Post CIA

Following his CIA career, Burke's brother-in-law and comrade in arms John Ringling North hired him for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as an executive director. Though new to the circus world Burke found himself battling cheating ushers and Jimmy Hoffa's Teamster Union.

CBS


When his friend North hired a manager Burke didn't like, Burke left the big top and met Frank Stanton of CBS. Burke's European knowledge led him to be sent back to Europe to develop television programs, eventually becoming the President of CBS Europe. Burke was summoned back to America as Vice President in charge of Diversification. One of Burke's accomplishments was recommending CBS purchase the rights to the play My Fair Lady.
New York Yankees

CBS acquired the New York Yankees on August 13, 1964 in order to diversify their interests in the entertainment industry. On September 20, 1966; Burke became president and CEO of the Yankees after Dan Topping sold the remainder of his stock to CBS. He retained these posts for the remainder of CBS' ownership. In 1968, he was a candidate to become Commissioner of Baseball (although Bowie Kuhn would get the appointment).

In 1972, CBS head William S. Paley told Burke to either sell the Yankees or buy them himself which he did with George Steinbrenner in January 1973. Burke and Steinbrenner had a parting of the ways with Burke resigning in April 1973.

Burke's most famous achievement occurred when he successfully negotiated with Mayor John V. Lindsay to keep the Yankees in New York by having the city agree to renovate Yankee Stadium. Burke became President of Madison Square Garden in 1973 on a five-year contract that also made him president of the New York Knicks. In 1981, Burke sold his five percent stake in the New York Yankees for $500,000.

The 2 books describing his wartime missions are : Cloak And Dagger, The Secret Story of the OSS
Mission Marcel Proust, The Story of an Unusual OSS Undertaking

Tanker #349610 05/29/2021 01:31 AM
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The "push dagger" is a WWII private purchase UK made dagger.

No story to this one - I bought it for £5 in a Brighton store about 60 years ago.

Dave

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I thought they were OSS but evidently not.

Robbins of Dudley Trench Push Dagger
Maker: WWII British Fighting Knives

This British manufactured Robbins of Dudley Trench Push Dagger and the other edged weapons they made were for private sale to troops heading in harm’s way. The dagger has an aluminum alloy hilt with a steel knucklebow and a 5 inch blade. The appropriate Robbins of Dudley sheath accompanies the knife. References Flook, British and Commonwealth Military Knives p. 24, plates 32 & 33, Silvey, Knives WWII p.136

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Made to kill not wound!

Dave I remember the knife from prior posts.. A rare thing!

Ron,, you been holding back!!,, Nice grouping and with spectacular history! What a full ,exciting life he had.......



- good fighting knife site. Has all the Brit. F./S. knives:

http://www.militaryfightingknives.com/collection.html

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Gas
That is a super website for US knives.
Gibson and Ruleford have some of the best stuff around, and know everything.
Sunday morning I'm there with coffee.
I have several of there knives in my collection.
Ed

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Ed,

It's Saturday

There was a version of the sheath that was like a small pistol holder with a flap over the grip. Anyway, the sheath is more valuable than the knife.

Beware - they are duplicated.

Dave

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Yes, it IS Saturday.
But every Sunday morning at 7:30 the Gibson website, that Gas mentioned, is updated.
You are correct, I have seen the flap holsters, they seem to add at least $500 to the knife, if not more for better condition.
Ed

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Ron,, you been holding back!!,, Nice grouping and with spectacular history! What a full ,exciting life he had.......]
Yes Gaspare, he was a very active person. He was a technical advisor to the movie, Cloak & Dagger with Gary Cooper. In Mike's book, An Outrageous Good Fortune, he tells how his part in the movie was cut.
These items were used on his Proust Mission.

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Dave
There is a RD push dagger with flap holster selling on Gunbroker now, closes tonight.
Thought you may be interested in looking at it.
Ed

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Thanks, Ed

Starting at $1295 ! https://www.gunbroker.com/All/search?Keywords=robbins%20dudley&Sort=13

They have one like mine starting at $1500. That is the figure for mine that I have seen several time.

Dave

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Dave
A super rare dagger either way it comes.
I do not know much about them, and have never seen one change hands.
When a item is that rare, the price is whatever.
Yours looks in super condition, congratulations.
Ed

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If you could attribute them to the OSS, then they would be higher!

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Yes indeed. Your history of your collection is something special.
The push daggers being what they are, one would assume they were used by some OSS. Maybe Julia Child.
But that would be up to a owner of such a weapon to look into.
Thanks for showing your set, and the great history lesson.
Ed


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