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NAC, Interarmco, Kuwait, Import/Export Confusion


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#21 Arthur Fliegenheimer

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 12:55 PM

If anyone has seen any photos of TSMGs being used by Kuwaiti forces in the late 1950's early 1960's it would surely help Numrich's 1960 claim he had a deal  to supply the Sultan with them. When George discovered that the 60  Colt 1921As  he payed INTERARMCO to import from Ireland were too seedy to be used for  palace guards did the deal fall through? 

 

1963 photo of  the Sultan of Kuwait Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah palace guards with what appears to be British supplied  Sterling L2A3 and L1A1 SLRs.

 

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 03:31 PM

You do know  WHEN some Thompsons got delivered they had been locked up in the royal armory for special occasion. they never had that occasion to use them.Some did get out to other spots in the world,even a nice Colt and a few military M1's and 1928 located in Iraq.   Oh yeah in other parts of the world they have no idea what a form 4 3 or 5 is. go to the paki border arms bazaar and ask.

 

Afghan rebels have the same rules.It is a lot of hard research now because all the ones involved are gone.


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 08:19 PM

If anyone has seen any photos of TSMGs being used by Kuwaiti forces in the late 1950's early 1960's it would surely help Numrich's 1960 claim he had a deal  to supply the Sultan with them. When George discovered that the 60  Colt 1921As  he payed INTERARMCO to import from Ireland were too seedy to be used for  palace guards did the deal fall through? 

 

1963 photo of  the Sultan of Kuwait Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah palace guards with what appears to be British supplied  Sterling L2A3 and L1A1 SLRs.

 

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Look like early MK 3 Sterlings and FN made FAL's.

 

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AlanD


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#24 Arthur Fliegenheimer

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 11:28 AM

Alan,

As you know, Kuwait was dependent upon the British to provide military ground and air support to protect their borders and supply arms from 1956 to 1966. The photos below from 1961's Operation Vantage show Kuwaiti soldiers with FN  FALs.  The palace guards above seem to be armed with the early 1954 FN FAL that the British were considering adopting for their own armed forces. Even the early L1A1s were produced by FN before production switched to British factories in 1957.

 

It seems implausible that the Sultan of Kuwait Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah would seek out Numrich to supply them with Colt 1921 Thompsons and or 1928 Savage/AO Thompsons when they had access to select fire FN FALs and Sterlings 

 

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