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M1/Emergency at SA

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by eclancy, Aug 6, 2004.

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  1. eclancy

    eclancy Member

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    Hi all,
    In July 1942. SA hotline rings, orders from Ordnance. "Urgently demands an extra thousand Garands Rifles per 24 hr. day-for the next 10 days." What happened to cause this??
    Thanks again
    Clancy
     
  2. Redlg155

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    Dunno...

    The first batch they delivered sucked? :D

    Good Shooting
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  3. Black Snowman

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    I imagine something to do with the world war raging in Europe.
     
  4. Johnny Guest

    Johnny Guest Moderator Emeritus

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    Well, at a guess - - -

    I think it probably had something to do with the fact that plans were already made for some rather intensive action in the Pacific. Shortly after 0900 on 7 AUG, the first of some 19,000 U. S. Marines went ashore on Guadalcanal.

    Planners knew it would be a long and costly campaign, and, indeed, the Japanese forces were not completely evacuated until a full six months later. It only makes sense that, once the invasion of the4 Solomon Islands was scheduled, it was desired that as many troops as possible be equipped with the autoloading rifles. Even so, the first landings were made by marines armed mostly with 1903 Springfield rifles.

    Best,
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  5. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

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    Dunno...when did the brits leave all their guns @ Dunkirk? :neener:
     
  6. DamnedDirtyApe

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    November 8, 1942 - Operation Torch.

    The invasion of North Africa.

    Led in part by a two-star named Patton.
     
  7. eclancy

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    Hi all,
    The reason for the additional 10,000 M1 Garands was because of a sunken supply ship. Now, if we knew where and if the Garands were in a water tight compartment that would be great. OK. That was the answer, but here's what happened at SA. Trying to make the production needed SA guys on the line started to make small changes to help speed up the line. "Panic on the assembly line- 80% rifle rejections at final inspection.." One of the main problems was the cutout of the "stocks-causing multitudinous disruption to War Dep't. requested quotas."
    Thanks again to you all for your comebacks. It sometimes gets a little crazy around here.
    Clancy
     
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