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#1 M40scoutsniper

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 10:31 PM

Following are some pics I figured Id share with the group. There are 2 that are particularly interesting which I have circled in red. One of them is what looks like a M1 or M1A1 with a finned 1928 barrel on it, and the other is of a paratrooper with a 1928 that has a modified horizontal foregrip and 2 30rnd magazines probably welded together. The last 3 photos are not period. One is of me at Ft. Indiantown Gap 2009 with my first M1A1 Thompson (which w sadly sold to help pay student loans😭), one at the DDay Memorial in Bedford, and then 2 new dummy 1928s that I recently got. Many of these photos Im sure have been seen before. There are Rangers, 29th Rangers, Resistance, Marines, Airborne, Foreign troops, Merrills Marauders, etc... in here.

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 10:47 PM

The colorized one of the 2 soldiers catching a break behind the Sherman, amongst all that devastation, is most poignant to me.
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Posted 07 April 2020 - 11:14 PM

Absolutely. Having been in the Marine Corps and now the Army Ive had the opportunity to get around a lot, but Ill tell ya. I visited Pointe Du Hoc and standing amongst the broken bunkers and the shell craters was very sobering. Last few pics Ill bombard everyone with. A russian soldier with his Thompson, Chinese troops with 1921s (anyone ever seen or have an example of the barrel mounted sling swivel?), Germans, one guy with an lopsided compensator, and so on.

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 11:43 PM

I know you see a lot of Germans with Thompsons, but I also see quite a bit of footage of Russians with MP-40s. I guess you make use of what you can get.

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 08:05 AM

Thanks for posting these pics. 


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 09:18 AM

Great shot, thanks.....>   The one of the two GIs with Thompsons behind the Sherman tank, always bothered me......I assume the tanks engine was off, or even better it was knocked out/disabled previously...........

.......Being a tanker for 22 years, including in  the !st/1st Arm.Cavalry in Viet Nam,(68-69), we always had to watch the infantry guys that at times worked with us...….Our first words to them were not to get behind the tank when stopped...….only when moving forward, simply because, the tank cmdr, could give the order to the driver to back up, and there's no time to pop up out of the TC hatch & yell that we were going to back up!......In RVN, we heard of cases of what we feared, happened in other tank/heavy units, one in particular was a Marine flame throwing tank unit in 1968. Just awful....God Bless the Grunts!


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 09:52 AM

Great pics, most of which I hadn't seen. Thanks!


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 11:17 AM

Thank you for sharing these.
I saved most all of them for reference.
It is interesting to see the slings and gear in use at that time.
When we first started sorting Thompson parts I had one of the horizontal forends with a wood pistol grip grafted onto it.
I should have kept that one!
I have one picture to share that I didn't see posted:

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 01:39 PM

Glad everyone enjoyed the photos and thank you for the welcome! I always keep an eye out for vintage pics especially combat photos with Thompsons. WW2 Armor is another big interest of mine. I hate working around tanks as infantry. I like their capabilities, but boy do I hate being on the ground next to them. The exhaust fumes always choke me and in the dust/night I always feel like they’re gonna run over me. Here on Ft. Benning there is tons and TONS of old armor that no one sees. I wandered into a restoration/storage yard, met with the 3 civilians that worked there and they let me just wander around. They have 5 panthers, a Tiger 1, Konigs Tiger, boat loads of Shermans and Stuarts, WW1 armor, 88 flak, and lots more. If I ever reactivate my facebook account I’ll go pull my pics off there if anyone would like to see them.
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Posted 08 April 2020 - 03:13 PM

Here's one of my favorites, if only because he was killed in the '50s because of an industrial accident.

 

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 03:22 PM

Here a couple Banana Wars pics with Thompsons. The first one is one with Chesty Puller (Center left) in 1931 at the battle of Agua Carta

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 05:24 PM

First Pic with Airborne troops most interesting.  Three reasons, 1. Interesting magazine system configuration, 2. modified grip on forearm, 3. ! Notice the stock on this 28, it has the cross-bolt reinforcement modification, (?) supposedly, this wasn't done during wartime, yet here is the Pic.  Anyone have info on this pic, unit and/or timeframe?  


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 05:49 PM

What a tribute to the Thompson smg...it makes me proud. Thanks for posting.


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 06:03 PM

Here are two photos from Frank Iannamicos American Thunder 2 pgs 337 & 340 (Which if you are on here Sir I have 2 signed books of yours from my uncle who says he knew you). The magazines in the photo look to have 6 viewing holes so two 30s? I cant see their jump suits all the way, but the one on the far left looks to have the cargo pocket flap of a M1942 jumpsuit. They are also wearing web jump chinstraps. Ill do some snoopin around. If you ever get interested in crazy do whatever you want paratroopers read up on the 551PIB.

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 06:18 PM

Another interesting note is these Chinese troops who have their slings mounted in a cutt-out in the stock along with the barrel mounted swivels.

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 06:35 PM

Thanks all for contributing , awesome pictures 


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 07:36 PM

RE:  Chinese troops with 1921s (anyone ever seen or have an example of the barrel mounted sling swivel?), 

 

Those are Chinese-made Thompson copies of which there were variations. There are a few pictures and info of one or two in the American Thunder III book.

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 08:38 PM

Another interesting note is these Chinese troops who have their slings mounted in a cutt-out in the stock along with the barrel mounted swivels.

 

One of my co-workers said we need to stop trading with China and start making our goods in America.  I said, well, my Father was one of the first to ever trade with Communist China in the 50's.  He was a commodities trader and was pretty good at it.  She looks at me and says "what did your Father trade with China?   I said.............Lead.  

 

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 09:00 PM

LEAD...  Hehe, that's great, the ultimate currency


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 09:01 PM

RE:  Chinese troops with 1921s (anyone ever seen or have an example of the barrel mounted sling swivel?), 
 
Those are Chinese-made Thompson copies of which there were variations. There are a few pictures and info of one or two in the American Thunder III book.


Im so glad this post has generated these responses. Thank you all. I continue to learn.
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