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The M1 Garand [Paperback]

Leroy Thompson , Peter Dennis
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May 22 2012 Weapon (Book 16)
The M1 Garand gave US infantrymen a marked edge during World War II. It shot faster and further than enemy infantry rifles and hit harder. No less an authority on killing the enemy than General George S. Patton called the Garand, "The greatest battle implement ever devised." At a time when opposing forces were armed with bolt action rifles, US troops had a highly reliable self-loader. It was the US Army's principal infantry weapon in World War II, beloved of troops for its ability to withstand hard use and be ready when needed. In most battles the Garands speed of fire combined with the powerful .30-06 cartridge gave US troops a distinct advantage. The eight-round clips which were used to load the M1 Garand were, however, viewed with mixed emotions by the troops on the ground. Eight rounds was not much magazine capacity for a self-loading rifle, thus requiring frequent reloading in combat. Some Army and Marine Corps troops allegedly felt that the distinctive "twang" as the Garand's clip was ejected when empty alerted the enemy that the soldiers were reloading and resulted in an attack. But this problem may have been overstated as experienced troops did not all empty their weapons at the same time. It was also a particularly heavy weapon in contrast to the much lighter M1 Carbine. But the Garand became the defining mankiller of the war, despite its weight and magazine problems, and many US combat veterans consider it one of the key reasons they survived the war, as one veteran succinctly commented, "I let my Garand do the talking."

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Leroy Thompson trained and advised military and police special operations units around the world, focusing especially on the tactical use of firearms. He has previously had 38 books published and more recent titles include The Hostage Rescue Manual, The Counterinsurgency Manual and Secret Techniques of the Elite Forces. He has also had various firearms books published including Great Combat Handguns, and appeared as a weapons expert on documentaries for Discovery, National Geographic and the BBC.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 11 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Primer on a Legendary Weapon! Sept. 25 2013
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
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The M1 Garand rifle is one of the most famous weapons America ever produced, George Patton maintaining it was, in fact, "the greatest battle implement ever devised." In THE M1 GARAND, Leroy Thompson provides an informative, nicely-illustrated overview of this war-winning weapon.

Thompson has penned several other Osprey WEAPON titles and has the format down pat. He traces the weapon's development post-World War I, M1 production, its use in World War II, Korean and beyond, various 'odds and mods' and the Garand's historical impact.

The text is complimenetd by the usual mix of b&w photographs, cutaways, diagrams and combat artwork.

A number of books have been written on the Garand, some quite lengthy. Readers looking for a basic primer on the M1 would be well-served by Thompson's book. Comprehensive, informative and well-illustrated, it benefits from a number of first-person reminiscences that capture that legendary weapon in action. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent But Not Great Primer Feb. 28 2013
By Kevin C. Rohrer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fairly good history on the development and use of the Garand rifle. The early history portion was well written and contained enough information to be interesting, but the middle and late history was lacking in detail. I also didn't like the fact that it quoted so heavily from another book on the subject. If I want to read information from that book, I will buy it. There are better books on the Garand, but this one is okay for those who don't want too much detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book Jan. 25 2014
By chaosweb - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well illustrated book, nice history and technical review. Well written but a little short, sort of like an Osprey series book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good general M1 book Nov. 29 2013
By C. B. Long - Published on Amazon.com
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A nice summary of the M1, with good pictures. Not an in depth examination, but well worth adding to the bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice historical book Nov. 18 2013
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a how to book but it explains he natural evolution of the m1. Good book for those who would like to know the history behind the rifle.
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