The marines had a hard time taking the island of SAIPAN. The Japs had improvised weapons and well camoflauged bunkers. Their machine guns were the best on that island. They took out most of our tanks and a large number of our men by ambush. but our bazooka did the job along with "CODE TALKERS."
I went to the shooting range just this fryday. Fired the M1 Carabin.
Its the standart for the Israeli Civil Guard. Funny thing, we got US straps, ammo boxes, cleanning equippment, all from WWII...At least you know, if it did not break in the last 50 years, it wont break now....
M1 was a great gun and gave a severe advantage to the US forces fire-power wise. Still some preffered the early issue '03 for its greater accuracy. One a Sgt. you could have a choice of keeping your M1 or getting a M1 Carbine or Thompson, my grandfather said he chose the carbine cause the Tommy Gun had a kicking recoil. :lol:
The M1 was the only thing that kept a code talker safe. Not really. Easy to say that here. I don't have bullets flying over head. But the sarge had the machine gun. This kept them safe. They only carried about 5 x-tra mags and about 2 to3 grenades. They weren't really well defended. I think good training had a lot to do with our victory.