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At the beginning of World War II, the British War Office bought a batch of Star and Llama handguns to equip the Special Operations Executive, SOE.
In 1944 it placed an order for pistols, quantity unknown but significant, to the Spanish firm Gabilondo y Cía., manufacturer of the Llama brand, in .38 ACP caliber.
The "Rigal Report", which is a series of documents that inventoried the weapons distributed to Force 136 operating in Southeast Asia and India, mentions "some 3,000 Llama pistols in different calibers: 9mm, .380 ACP and. 32 ACP".
There was also an important consignment of small arms and ammunition delivered to the French resistance by the SOE. In the book "Chuck Yeager: fighter pilot" written by former Major General in the United States Air Force, Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager, who as a pilot during World War II was shot down over France in his eighth mission on March 5, 1944 and after escaping through Spain on March 30 with the help of the Maquis (French resistance), he returned to England on May 15, 1944. Shortly thereafter, he described that the combatants of the French resistance that helped him carried among other weapons the pistol "Llama .38 s". so it seems that he was referring to the Model V in caliber 9 mm Largo / .38 Super.
As for the "British" Star handguns there is little information, although it seems that in the early 1940s that government bought a consignment of a Star caliber 9 short model pistol, possibly the Star S.
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I seem to recall that the British also ordered thousands of pistols in Argentina for SOE.
I wonder what the rationale was? To give anybody caught with one deniability about any British connection?
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