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my uncle was a MARINE CORP PARATROOPER during ww11 , and carried a johnson rifle on GUADALCANAL, WAS WOUNDED ON BLOODY RIDGE and is mentioned in a book by JAMES F. CHRIST titled BATTALION OF THE DAMNED.

MY uncle was a member of 1ST PARACHUTE BATTALION 1ST MARINE DIVISION , C COMPANY.

HE was one of 23 marines there to carry a johnson rifle,someday i going to own one.

he was later killed in action on IWO JIMA 19FEB45.

I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE TO SPEAK TO MANY OF HIS FRIENDS WHO WERE ON GUADALCANAL WITH HIM.AND ARE ALSO MENTIONED IN THE BOOK.

EVERYTIME I SEE A JOHNSON RIFLE I THINK OF MY UNCLE AND WHAT HE MUST HAVE WENT THROUGH.

I SHOULD NOT THINK OF HIM AS GONE BECUASE OF WHAT MARINES SAY, "ONCE A MARINE ALWAYS A MARINE"

THEY ARE ALL GREAT WARRIORS!

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About 25 years ago, a guy offered me a Johnson that was finished in black paint, apparently baked on and an arsenal or depot product.

 

He told me that it was one of a few hundred Johnsons that had been en route to the Dutch East Indies but delivery was frustrated, leaving them in Australian hands. Further, because they were so non-standard (US .30 caliber) they were relegated to the RAAF and used mostly for guard duty, in Australia and then as the war progressed wherever the RAAF might be. He THOUGHT that they had equipped some (RAAF?) personnel on Occupation in Japan after V-J and he THOUGHT the one he was offering had been quasi-FTR'd in the late 1940s, hence refinished a la Anglais.

 

Anyone out there know anything like this?

 

BTW I passed, as he wanted too much for this RARERARERARE item.

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Can someone post the M1941 Johnson rifle manual?
Thank you.


As some of you know, I have a M-1941 Johnson.
It is pictured in post #38.

I also have a manual from The Combat Bookshelf that was published in 1968.

It is an amalgumation of all the Johnson Manuals including

Johnson Custom Built Sporting rifles,
Military handbook of the Johnson Semi-Automatic rifle, and
The Model 1944 LMG.

I do not have a scanner and the book is rather large.

Mestre is there anything in particular you are after?

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Remembering the service of:
9095 Pte Alfred Fredrick NEWLAND, 7th Field Ambulance, 2 Division, AIF. WIA 16/11/16 France.
436 Private Albert McCANN, B Company 8th Battalion AIF. Enlisted 26/8/14. Killed in Action 17/6/15 Gallipoli.
VX24056 Gunner George Edward McCANN, 2/3 Composite Anti Aircraft Regiment. Enlisted 7/6/40. Discharged 3/8/44. Served in Australia and New Guinea.



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Here is a Johnson ad from 1943 that I have framed and put on the wall.

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Written contributor to French Militaria Magazine, UK World War II Re-enactors Magazine &The Karkee Web Research Team.

Remembering the service of:
9095 Pte Alfred Fredrick NEWLAND, 7th Field Ambulance, 2 Division, AIF. WIA 16/11/16 France.
436 Private Albert McCANN, B Company 8th Battalion AIF. Enlisted 26/8/14. Killed in Action 17/6/15 Gallipoli.
VX24056 Gunner George Edward McCANN, 2/3 Composite Anti Aircraft Regiment. Enlisted 7/6/40. Discharged 3/8/44. Served in Australia and New Guinea.



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As some of you know, I have a M-1941 Johnson.
It is pictured in post #38.

I also have a manual from The Combat Bookshelf that was published in 1968.

It is an amalgumation of all the Johnson Manuals including

Johnson Custom Built Sporting rifles,
Military handbook of the Johnson Semi-Automatic rifle, and
The Model 1944 LMG.

I do not have a scanner and the book is rather large.

Mestre is there anything in particular you are after?

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...the images...images of the weapons in use;built;tec.drawings;etc.
Thank you.
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Mestre,

do you have a copy of Bruce Canfield's awesome book "Johnson Rifles and Machine guns"?

'Cause it has some fantastic pictures in it.

Written contributor to French Militaria Magazine, UK World War II Re-enactors Magazine &The Karkee Web Research Team.

Remembering the service of:
9095 Pte Alfred Fredrick NEWLAND, 7th Field Ambulance, 2 Division, AIF. WIA 16/11/16 France.
436 Private Albert McCANN, B Company 8th Battalion AIF. Enlisted 26/8/14. Killed in Action 17/6/15 Gallipoli.
VX24056 Gunner George Edward McCANN, 2/3 Composite Anti Aircraft Regiment. Enlisted 7/6/40. Discharged 3/8/44. Served in Australia and New Guinea.



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Now thats a great piece of history right there

Regards,

 

Michael Sweeney--Researcher and Collector of WW2 77TH Division

If you have any named items to a 77th Division Soldier please contact me!!!

 

In memoroy of my Grandfather

Eugene Henry Sweeney

1st Lieutenant of the 306th

Infantry Regiment Company L -

Veteran of Guam and Leyte

 

 

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