What kind of weapon did grandpa use?
Posted 29 September 2008 - 05:28 PM
Posted 29 September 2008 - 05:32 PM
I've been wondering this for a while. Is there a way to figure out what type of weapon my grandfather used in WWII? He qualified sharpshooter with a carbine and expert with a 'rifle' which I would assume was the M1 garand. He fought in the Pacific with the 6th infantry division and was in the New Guinea and Luzon campaigns. Would he have been able to choose or would he just get what was handed to him?
Edited by 101combatvet, 29 September 2008 - 05:34 PM.
Posted 29 September 2008 - 05:40 PM
Posted 29 September 2008 - 05:45 PM
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 12:20 PM
Posted 03 October 2008 - 03:14 PM
For anyone interested in how troops chose to arm themselves (as opposed to what weapons the War Department specified) I'd recommend LTC John George's SHOTS FIRED IN ANGER, also Howard Crouch's US SMALL ARMS OF WORLD WAR II. The former differs from the usual memoir in that the writer was a shooting enthusiast and discusses his extensive experience in the Pacific in terms of weapons used. The latter book includes interviews with several WW2 combat veterans who specifically comment on the weapons they used and saw used.
Posted 03 October 2008 - 05:34 PM
Yep, he was in the 20th infantry regiment, Company G.
If I properly understand things G Co. of the 20th IR would be a rifle company. Check here for a rifle company TOE: http://www.militaryr...-17 26Feb44.pdf
As you can see a tech sgt would have been in charge of one of the rifle company's platoons, either one of the rifle platoons or the weapons platoon. If he was the weapons platoon sgt he would have been issued a carbine but he would have been issued a M1 Garand if he was a rifle platoon sgt. But like the others have said he would have used what he wanted or had available to him. If he wanted to use a carbine he would have used that, and the same goes with a Garand. It's not so cut and dried as the TOE leads one to believe.
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