I bought up the question about what Officers carried when my father was in France and he said that every officer in his group carried ether a M1 carbine or a few carried Grands along with 1911's.
When out in the hedgerows of France not caring a rifle meant you were an officer like it did in the German army. This makes you a prime target for snipers.
“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.” – Thomas Jefferson.
Politician's are like diapers.
You need to change them often,,,,, for the same reason!