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The Browning Hi-Power is a semi-automatic 9mm handgun produced by FN Herstal, Belgium. It was based on a design by John Browning. The Browning Hi-Power was adopted for military service in Belgium during WWII under the designation "P35" and it was later adopted by the German forces.
The Browning Hi-Power was first produced in 1935 and was adopted for military service as the P35 in Belgium. During the Axis occupation of Belgium in the 1940s, the German forces used FN's weapon plants to produce P35s for their own usage. The Germans designated it the P640b and it saw service with the Waffen-SS.
Many soldiers, both Allied and Axis, kept the P35s that they came across on the battlefield because of its reliability and large magazine capacity (13 rounds).
The Hi-Power was also adopted for military use with the Canadian armed forces. The Canadians produced their own models, as they realized that the FN plants in Belgium would fall to the Germans. Hi-Power pistols procued in Canada were also issued to the American OSS and the British SOE and SAS.