M1 and M1A1 carbine in use by British airborne?

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Re: M1 and M1A1 carbine in use by British airborne?

Post by schooner » 05 Mar 2023 01:24

LineDoggie wrote:
01 Mar 2023 00:59
Empiricist wrote:
28 Feb 2023 23:35
Entire CBI and PTO were the theatres of fantastic mix of the US and British equipment, field gear and weapon changed between Allied servicemen. The US paras with British water bottles; Chindits with US M1942 machetes, etc., etc., etc.

Yes, the Chindits used US .30 M1 Carbines. What can be seen they received early M1 models with Type II thin stocks, not so-called "pregnant" ones. The same early M1s had US glider pilots and the other US servicemen taking part in Operation Thursday.
Pregnant stocks , called potbelly were made cut for the M2 Select Fire carbine and postwar were used for M1/M2 carbines as a default replacement part.

Why exactly a US soldier would want a British Waterbottle with its crude cork stopper is a mystery
Maybe they held more water.

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Re: M1 and M1A1 carbine in use by British airborne?

Post by Empiricist » 05 Mar 2023 01:35


The 503rd PIR was underinvested. They did not have standard magazine pouches for Thompsons and Carbines and rigger-made pouches had to serve for ammo. In such a hot climate they ought to have two canteens per soldier (as in the MTO) but they did not have. That's why every soldier tried to have more water regardless in US Canteen or British Water Bottle.
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