Originally Posted by 42RM
The above photograph of Winston Churchill with the Thompson submachine gun was taken during his visit to the coastal defense positions near Hartlepool on 31 July, 1940.
The British Army, more notably the B.E.F - British Expeditionary Force were apparently the first to utilize the Tommy gun in WWII combat. Later on issued with several 30 round box magazines as the drum magazines were too bulky for an infantryman to a carry.
Thank you, sir!
I have seen this picture before, in a book by Peter Young if I remember correctly. The book had the title "Commandos" This picture had the title "Commando Spirit". However, I have never viewed it as a "combat picture" more of a moral picture.