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- Print Length: 322 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 24, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KZ0LTEU
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The infantry weapons suffered similar inaccuracies. For example the 164th shipped out for New Caledonia in January 1942 and M1 Carbine production did not start until June of that year. By the end of June production stood at 382 and only rose to 11,708 by August when the battle started. In order for the 164th to land on Guadalcanal with M1 Carbines, they would have had to find their way to the 164th on New Caledonia before they embarked for the 'canal, and that's very unlikely given the realities of shipping at the time and the ETO priority for the M1 Carbine. Altercation reports indicated a need for both the Carbine and the Thompson given mass attacks my the Japanese and they did appear on Guadalcanal by August 1943 when there was still some isolated combat occurring. In any event, bayonets did not appear on the M1 carbine until 1945 and very few bayonet lug equipped M1 Carbines ever reached front line units in WWII.
The author also mentions Japanese "105 mm" artillery. The Japanese used 150 mm, 100 mm, 75 mm and 70 mm field guns, but they did not have a 105 mm gun in the inventory. He also refers to the Type 10 grenade discharger aka the "knee mortar" but refers to 37 mm rounds when both the Type 10 and the later Type 89 used 50 mm projectiles.
The author can write, he just needs a to have someone more knowledgeable in WWII weapons and tactics proof read his material.
My other brother was a tail gunner on a B 17, lost on a bombing raid on industrial targets in Munich, Germany, July 31, 1944. He didn't come home.
I appreciate Chris's representation of our troops in their fight for Guadalcanal.