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Old 06-06-2019, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by carnivorousplant View Post
There is a picture of Ernie Pyle in Wikipedia captioned "Pyle shares a cigarette with soldiers on Okinawa". They are all carrying M-1 carbines. I thought infantry all carried the M-1 Garand. Artillerymen, drivers, radio guys carried the carbine. What are these guys? Here is a larger picture. There is a guy on a horse. The uniforms differ, one guy is wearing puttees.
I don't know of a reference to the picture saying what who the guys were other than member of the 77th Infantry Division.

The carbine was widely issued at every level of unit including infantry. The only thing you might infer from the guys having carbines is that they are not members of an infantry squad outfitted according to the official Table of Organization and Equipment, which said each man in infantry squad had a rifle except the BAR man (though there was often unofficially more than one BAR per squad by 1945, and the officially unassigned submachine guns would also often be in infantry squads). They could still be officially outfitted guys from an infantry company Hq or weapons platoon (eg machine gunners or mortar men); or from a battalion's Hq, weapons co etc, or some high level or attached artillery or rear echelon unit. Or...they could be members of an infantry squad nonetheless carrying carbines rather than rifles.

The downside to the carbine's reputation in terms of 'lack of stopping power' was a more widely held opinion in the Korean War, along with the bad impression of the weapon's reliability in extreme cold. In WWII it was sometimes favored for infantry combat in close and/or difficult terrain due to its smaller size and weight.