The M1 Carbine (Weapon) (Paperback)

The M1 Carbine (Weapon) By Leroy Thompson, Peter Dennis (Illustrator), Alan Gilliland (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Leroy Thompson, Peter Dennis (Illustrator), Alan Gilliland (Illustrator)
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Description


The M1 Carbine was produced in more numbers than any other US small arm in World War II (1939-1945). In 1938 the US Chief of Infantry requested that the Ordnance Department develop a carbine or light rifle to be used by service and support troops, artillerymen, machinegun crews, tankers, mortar crews and other troops not needing the power of the M1 Garand rifle. The development of this new weapon was given an added impetus by Germany's successful use of airborne and glider troops early on in World War II. This caused a fear amongst US officers that troops normally considered "behind the lines" personnel might have to fight elite German troops and would therefore require a more effective weapon than their standard pistols. The resulting M1 Carbine was a not a shortened version of the standard service rifle but instead a brand-new design chambering a new cartridge. This new weapon would see service in every theater and with all US service arms as well as American and Allied special units including the OSS, Merrill's Marauders, the SAS and the SBS. Eventually numerous manufacturers would combine to produce over six million M1 Carbines before the end of the war. This new title provides an in-depth analysis on this crucial, trailblazing weapon.

About the Author


Leroy Thompson has trained military and police special-operations units around the world, focusing especially on the tactical use of firearms. He is the author of more than 50 books, including The Colt 1911 Pistol and The Browning High-Power Pistol for Osprey.

Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn, leading him to study Illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Praise For…


“Author Leroy Thompson tells us the story of the M1 Carbine from its inception to today's use... It all makes for another fine book and if you are interested in weapons, then this book would make a fine addition to your library.” —Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness


Product Details
ISBN: 9781849086196
ISBN-10: 1849086192
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2011
Pages: 80
Language: English
Series: Weapon