Favorite rifle cartridge
I have no idea as to exactly when Frank Hillsmen and his family were smuggled out of Germany by my Grandfather and his friends in Germany , I was told before the war started, don't know if that meant our participation in the war or before 39. I doubt you will find any records on the Hillsmen family and work shop, I do know this, his work shop was part of his home.
I had some pictures of my gun, I will try to find one of them. I did post a picture one time but can't remember on which forum, May have been the old SSBB before Ralph upgraded it.
Dave B - L.C. Smith Man
Anecdotal stories may be entertaining, but, unless verifiable, they are simply no more than that - just like most historical fiction.
Several browser searches turn up no mention of anyone whose name comes close to being “Frank Hillsmen.”
Does not mean he didn’t exist; just that wide sweeps across time haven’t found the name
A search for assassination plots against Winston S Churchill are a little more fruitful, but none such as you described have turned up.
Take a look yourself.
Having been involved in museum management since the early ‘70s, one takes research and verification seriously.
An example is an upcoming research trip to MESDA, Winston-Salem, along with an artist and a historian, in exploratory examination of artifacts and materials for a painting commissioned for a museum.
”Trust (if you must), but verify.”
The Germans may have used the 257 Mauser for a sniper rifle but you must remember that the Germans lost two world wars....in a row. ;~)
Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.