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Old January 3, 2013, 09:29 PM   #7
James K
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Most parachute/glider troops carried M1 rifles, not carbines. In general, carbines were issued to company grade officers, millitary police and those whose principal weapon was not a rifle. The soldier in the photo cited is armed with a 57mm recoilless rifle; the M1A1 Carbine would get in his way less than a rifle or a full length carbine.

In the older (pre-1941) TO&E, such troops would have been armed with a pistol or revolver; the Carbine was adopted because it was felt that it would be more effective than a pistol without the weight and burden of a rifle.

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