How Many Thompsons?
Posted 01 September 2004 - 07:35 PM
I thought I'd ask, since I couldn't hunt it up anywhere else.
Posted 01 September 2004 - 07:58 PM
If I remember it correctly, the normal Infantry TO&E pretty much has only Officers and NCO's armed with Thompsons. However that was on a preference basis. The NCO or officer could carry a carbine, Garand, Thompson, or M3 depending upon availability and preference.
Posted 01 September 2004 - 08:20 PM
|QUOTE (colt21a @ Sep 1 2004, 07:46 PM)|
|and if you rode inside a m-3 grant tank in the desert.joe gunn carried one.|
Hey Ron.. the one in Sahara was an M-3 Lee.. the Grant was a British version with a different turret config..
Posted 02 September 2004 - 01:30 PM
The Thompson was very highly regarded by Airborne troopers, as exerpts from questionaires show in Mark Bando's book, 101st Airborne; The Screaming Eagles At Normandy.
Both books are excellent cover-to-cover reads!
Posted 02 September 2004 - 05:14 PM
Posted 03 September 2004 - 11:34 AM
Posted 03 September 2004 - 02:36 PM
Of course, a good knee-slapper from The Respected One keeps things hopping here!
Posted 03 September 2004 - 03:12 PM
The most common firearm in both infantry and airborne was the revered M-1 Garand. But the airborne did have a higher ratio of Thompson's than the infantry. I know one airborne vets chose to carry an M-1 over a Thompson in Normandy (open fields/longer range fighting), and then took a Thompson to Holland cause he figured there'd be more house to house fighting. Usually the infantryman just used what was given to him.
Posted 03 September 2004 - 04:07 PM