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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    That's how I took it, direction not choice. Will not may.
    I have the MWO. No interpretation needed. Further, Change 1 to MWO W3 lowered the priority of this change from "earliest practicable date" to 31 Dec 45. No comprehensive status report has been located, but piles of anecdotal evidence makes it clear "...could have been" is a mischaracterization of the documented physical reality on the ground - a separate matter from any procedural requirement that started the ball rolling.

    Though exact numbers are unknown, Fabrique Nationale's immediate postwar work also included a requirement for rear sight replacement.

    Returning to my hobby of pointing out the fallibility of drawing sweeping conclusions about logistics from photos, documents listing in detail the large quantities of rear sights replaced in the ETO's 1st and 35th Infantry Divisions in the spring of 1945 raise the question: how come these don't show up all over the place in photos? How come mentions of rear sight replacement in 13 other ETO Divisions don't find their way into photos?

    As is often the case, this subject has been covered in CCNLs; #379 for FN rework, #382 for ETO field replacement, each from over five years ago. I guess not everybody got the memo.
    Pushing back the frontiers of ignorance, one post at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firstflabn View Post
    I guess not everybody got the memo.
    Read those, but like most can't remember what was for dinner yesterday.
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    😂 I got the memo in TB ORD 9, dated 10 Jan 44.

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    They are squeaky clean. The M1icon soldier has a spare clip on his clothing not a thing done by a rookie. I saw Mike Force and Koreans with a half dozen hung all over their person, web gear straps, shirt pocket flaps, on the sling. A look at the rifle will say something, there will be small dents all over the right side from clips being slammed before trying to load. The taped grenade was used by VC who would pull the pin and drop the grenade into the gas tank. After a week or so the gas eats the tape and pow. Happened in our battalion. In a jeep you get the driver and usually an officer.
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    The taped grenade was also used to prevent an accidental kaboom when crawling around on the ground. If something snagged the pin, it was a little extra security.

    Audie Murphy talks about this in To Hell and Back.

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    TB.


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    Frank D,
    I see that Frank in Texas posted this same picture back in 2015.
    https://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=53678
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