Very cool photo! Thank you Richard!
I wonder if this was one of those cases where “surplus” weapons were dumped by the pile in the ocean. Heard stories from vets where excess weapons, both U.S. and captured enemy material was just pushed over the side.
Not Thompson related, but an interesting tale.
During Opération Daguet, as the French called Operation Desert Storm, many French Foreign Legionnaires that served over there, picked up a few souvenirs, as soldiers the world over do. At the end of the operation, when they were sailing back to France, a day or so before arriving in Marseille, they were all warned that the Gendarmes would be awaiting the arrival of the ship and all kit would be searched. Anyone found with weapons, munitions etc. would be court-martialled and also risk civil prosecution.
So that night, I was told my one of my colleagues, ‘tonnes’ of pistols, AK’s, RPK’s, PKMs & Dragunovs, went over board into the Mediterranean with loads of munition too!
Ironically, when they arrived in Marseille and rolled off the ship, there was no Gendarmes awaiting their arrival..... and they then drove back to their base in Laudun!