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    Germans with captured Thompson sub machine gun

    Interesting photo shows a group of Germanicon soldiers and a captured Thompson sun machine gun. I would guess the photo is from either North Africa or Greece ?

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    I'll bet it's an early one too, maybe a '21/'28... I'd love to examine that one. Friend of mine passed a few years ago and before he went he donated his M1icon "T" to a local military museum. He had procured this M1 from a Canadianicon Engineer Officer that had taken it off a Germanicon that had taken it off an American. All had carved their initials in the butt. All this had happened at Arnhem. He kept it for sixty years... Now it's crowded into a small display case with no mention of the actual provenance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I'll bet it's an early one too, maybe a '21/'28... I'd love to examine that one. Friend of mine passed a few years ago and before he went he donated his M1icon "T" to a local military museum. He had procured this M1 from a Canadianicon Engineer Officer that had taken it off a Germanicon that had taken it off an American. All had carved their initials in the butt. All this had happened at Arnhem. He kept it for sixty years... Now it's crowded into a small display case with no mention of the actual provenance.
    That's a real shame Jim, sounds like something to make a fuss about mate.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    a real shame
    Like much of history, being forgotten because people that were there are gone and the second hand story people are starting to go too...
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    Interesting photo shows a group of Germanicon soldiers and a captured Thompson sun machine gun. I would guess the photo is from either North Africa or Greece ?Attachment 127491
    Greece/Crete would seem the most likely looking at the writing of the shop sign in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I'll bet it's an early one too, maybe a '21/'28...
    It won't be a '21, will be a '28 as it will have come from a captured/surrender Britishicon source.

    He'll have to have captured a fair amount of .45acp ammo though to feed it
    Just the thing for putting round holes in square heads.

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    I would bet that it is a Savage 1928A1, the early Savage production rivaled the Colt 1921.

    Franceicon did purchase some Colt 1921 smgs just before the war and not all had the cutts comp
    while all 28A1 smg's had the cutt comp

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    Jim,
    Its not in our weapons cabinet at The Parachute Regiment & Airborne Forces museum at Duxford which is vast and glazed on four sides, we even have Saddam Husseins gold AK47 seized from his Palace on the liberation, be nice to know where the rifle ended up, where is it mate as its relevant to U.S Forces on Op Market Garden?
    The Germans did take away alot of weapons on Crete, can't see any airborne there in that phot by insignia!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    be nice to know where the rifle ended up, where is it mate as its relevant to U.S Forces on Op Market Garden?
    You mean the M1icon Thompson? It's in the Ashton Armory museum here in Victoria. A US weapon captured by Germans, captured by Canadians Engineers and brought back when the Canadianicon Engineers took the boats across to fetch the withdrawl. I could probably get you an address to correspond if you can't find one. I think it's a volunteer organization so could be hard to pin down. You might have to come get it...spend a few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    The UKicon original PAM shows 1921 guns and I know there were some.
    Not sure what PAM stands for, but I've only seen written that the very first contract purchase by the War Dept (prior to Lend-Lease of course) was direct with Auto-Ordnance and they were all Savage made M1928 guns...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    I would bet that it is a Savage 1928A1, the early Savage production rivaled the Colt 1921.

    France did purchase some Colt 1921 smgs just before the war and not all had the cutts comp
    while all 28A1 smg's had the cutt comp
    I bet its not even an A1, all the early pre-lend lease guns bought commercially by UK were M1928 with no A or A1 suffix.

    The Frenchicon order was never delivered, as France had surrendered before they were delivered and they were diverted to the UK from what I recall reading. Maybe some of these were Colt '21's...?
    Just the thing for putting round holes in square heads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeeRam View Post
    Not sure what PAM stands for,
    Purchase Order Approval Management, possibly?

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