Welsh Guards with Garand rifle?

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  1. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Looks like it.
    Picked it up off a Yank para during Op Market-Garden maybe ?
  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Possible new user 'M1 Thumb' visible?

    Like his grenades. He's ready to go.
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  4. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    Didn't Lovat carry one on D Day?
  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Lovat was armed with an M1 Carbine on D-Day
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  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  7. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Photo also featured here M1 Garand WWII Photos
    with the following caption:
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  8. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Thompson M1A1 and M1928A1 in the same picture. Nice.

    Sgt Saunders switched back and forth during his career.
  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Royal Marines or Commando's were using Garand Rifles during WW2. I think I posted some pages about it on the forum a few years ago.
  10. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    I wonder how he replenished his ammunition ... or was the rifle the same calibre as the Lee-Enfield and could he use British cartridges.
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  11. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Good morning Stolpi,

    Different calibres (and different cartridge type too)

    30-06 ("thirty odd six") for the Garand,
    303 ("three oh three") for the Enfield.

    "Rimless" for the Garand, "Rimmed" for the Enfield.

    The chap must of had a decent QM.

    Kind regards, always,

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  12. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Hello Dave,

    I realise you'll already know all there is to know about this (hopefully never experienced it!).

    So, for those who may have missed your "Garand thumb" reference above, feel free to wince!

    Kind regards, always,


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  13. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Guards Armd Div used Shermans.
    They had .30 cal hull & co-ax MG.
    Plenty of ammo to go around.
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  14. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Lend-lease rifles were supposed to be marked with a red band if they where chambered for anything other than .303.
    Wouldn't apply to the Welshman's rifle if he picked his up on the battlefield, of course. I think the makers of Dad's Army missed that detail on the men's M1917s. Still a wonderful show though.

    “Class I. Arms which do NOT fire .303-inch ... British Service ammunition will be marked with a 2-inch band of RED paint. On this band will be stencilled in BLACK the calibre of the weapon.” [capitals in the original]

    Garands In The King's Service
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