Gordon's contrary conclusion omitted a critical piece of documentation that was published in The Ultimate Thompson Book in 2009 (and earlier in Small Arms Review (SAR) magazine. The documentation is referenced on the top of page 290 and is contained in the chapter, Colt Thompsons in Swedish Service.
The two Colt's shipped on March 14, 1940 to the Director of Artillery, Ministry of Supply (MoS), were to be used in the "fabrication of carrying chests (page 3, footnotes 15 and 17)." The reason I know these two Thompsons were Colt's is because the first Savage guns were not completed until April 1940. And yes, 180 of the first 201 Savage Thompson guns were shipped to Great Britain on April 16, 1940.
I am fairly certain he never read the book.
"Present position 600 without compensator available now."
This January 18, 1940 telegram from the United Kingdom High Commissioner in Canada seems to be the sine qua non for negating the reasonable conclusion that the first TSMGs to arrive in the U.K. from the USA were of Colt manufacture. This is not a telegram from Auto-Ordnance Corporation stating that the entire lot of TSMGs consists of a total of 600.
Auto-Ordnance Corporation puts out a brand new catalog in 1940 advertising the immediate availability of Colt MODEL 1928A and Colt MODEL 1928AC. No indication that perspective buyers had better hurry as there are only 600 ( or only 100 depending when this catalog came out in early 1940) still available. Did AOC inform the Swedes that there were only 600 total TSMGs in inventory when they submitted their two orders the first for 500? Why wouldn't they have grabbed another 100 MODEL 1921A knowing that was all there would be until some unknown point in the future?
G.H. certainly read Hill's 2009 TUTB as he includes in his 2014 book a special gratitude to Tracie Hill and Richard Karlson for "concerted effort in Norway, Denmark and Sweden, researching and retrieving lost Colt Thompson history in that part of the world." G.H., like others, no doubt read the "600 without compensators" and did not interpret that to mean there are a total of 600 of any type Colt TSMGs in inventory.
The type of Colt TSMGs required for the "fabrication of carrying chests" (see photo from Imperial War Museum) were with Cutts Compensators and this is why they couldn't borrow any examples from the supply of French Colt MODEL 1921A? But this would mean that AOC had in stock Colt MODEL 1928AC ready to ship out in March for the Brits to take measurements.
Imperial War Museum TSMG chest.JPG 85.08K
G.H. also no doubt read another passage in Hill's TUTB.
"French researcher/author Jean Huon stated that the French order of 3,700 were delivered to France February, 1940.-and that they were mostly 1921A and a few "previously reconfigured MODEL 1928s"
If the 3,700, not the 3,000 were accurate that would set up an additional problem for AOC filling the Swedish order of 500. How many MODEL 1928AC that were previously reconfigured is what is missing from the United Kingdom High Commissioner in Canada telegram.
SAVAGE ARMS MODEL OF 1928 A THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN
By Tom Davis, Jr.
"One of the most interesting pictures of 1928 style Thompsons without compensators was found at the British Hulton Archive of pictures. It is titled: Two members of the Home Guard, armed with American Thompson sub-machine or 'Tommy' guns, during training at a rifle range in Western Command. The date of the picture, 1/1/1939, is incorrect as the Local Defence Volunteers or LDV was not established until May 17, 1940 and later renamed the Home Guard on July 22, 1940. The two Thompson guns without compensators are clearly visible."
"...procurement of Savage Model of 1928 A Thompsons (without compensators) by the British government.
The Ministry of Supply, SUPP 4-310 – Contract Record Books at the British National Archives are clearly dated 8.10.40.
There have been no 1928 A models observed that appear to have been manufactured after November 1940."
According to this officially correct document any TSMGs that appear in any newsreel/photo in Britain without a Cutts and with a horizontal foregrip before October, 1940 is unequivocally a Colt 1921/28A. That includes Home Guards armed with these in the Summer of 1940, yes
The Colt 1928A #14733 in the Imperial War Museum is stamped on left of receiver with a British Purchasing Commission acquisitions/British inspection mark broad arrow over crown, over E over 6 (?) over '40. Any thoughts?
What was the total number of Savage TSMGs available to be shipped out Tuesday, April 19, 1940? If the total for the month of April was 201, that would mean there were 100 available end of work week April 15 to be prepared for cosmoline treatment and crating. Even if you pump up that half month total to 150, how would it be possible for Savage to have 180 complete MODEL 1928AC ready at that moment in time and not include Colt TSMGs?
You sort of attempt to answer this question by referring to a letter 7 months removed from April, 1940 delivery.
"One question that has never been answered is what happened to the remaining 100 Colt manufactured Thompson guns in Auto-Ordnance inventory after the Swedish government made the 500 Thompson gun purchase. Why not ship these remaining 100 Colt guns to the British as part of their initial order? A partial answer to this question may be found in a letter from the British Purchasing Commission, the organization responsible for purchasing arms and war supplies from North American manufacturers, to the Ministry of Supply, dated November 6, 1940."
Now jump to this non sequitor:
'149 new guns and 40 reconditioned second hand guns were to be provided to the British government free of charge by Auto-Ordnance as a penalty for not meeting the delivery schedule."
How could these "reconditioned second hand guns" refer to the 100 Colt MODEL 1921/28A left over from the available 600 Colt TSMGs the United Kingdom High Commissioner in Canada claimed were all that was left in AOC inventory? This would mean that the 500 Colt MODEL 1928A purchased by Sweden were second hand as well.
Edited by Arthur Fliegenheimer, 22 August 2019 - 02:06 PM.