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    30 April 2021 Garand Picture of the Day



    Mrs. Fdr Sees Paratroops
    Date taken: October 1942
    Photographer: David E Scherman




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    So, what am I seeing here? Just an illusion? What's attached to his carbine muzzle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    So, what am I seeing here? Just an illusion? What's attached to his carbine muzzle?
    Experimental carbine baynet?
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    Interesting most on the photo have handguns and rifles.

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    Experimental carbine baynet?


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    1942 is pre action for most US troops and the carbine didn't have a bayonet yet. There was one that I can't lay eyes on that had two rings holding it to the barrel, pommel attachment unknown. Here's the little vid showing the officer with the carbine, definitely a blade attached. Here's the pic blown up a bit too but grainy.

    Mrs Roosevelt Meets American Paras - British Path

    More pics from the same inspection. HQ 2nd BN 503rd PIR

    And a better pic... Pic states "Col. Edson Raff "Little Ceasar" Commander of the 509th PIR escorts First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Note he carries a standard M1 Carbine. M1A1icon Paratrooper Carbines had not yet been issued when the 509th PIR was in Englandicon. Also note his home-made bayonet."
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    The bayonet was invented by Col. Raff of the 509th PIR in Englandicon in 1942. It was designed to fit on the barrel and held in place by a wingnut.
    Here's a clearer picture:
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    Using an M3 blade which he had on hand? Side note, of all the inspections I ever attended, I never once saw the accompanying officer wandering around with a blade on while escorting the attending dignitary...something about not wanting to accidentally poke them. I guess he wanted to show off his new toy. I'd seen the pictures of this particular blade before somewhere.
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    Jim, I think the picture you refer to is a Marine in the Pacific. Seems like he was against a tree if memory serves. Not sure if it was the same as I don't remember the wing nut.

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