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Old 06-07-2019, 10:03 AM
rbroome is offline
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Originally Posted by Mr. Miskatonic View Post
It depended on what he was operating as. He was trained as a Mortar man, but circumstances required him to operate as an Infantryman at times. If he was carrying the mortar tube the Garand would have been very awkward to carry as well, while the Carbine was much better than a simple pistol for personal defense. When he operated as an an infantryman he would have wanted the stopping power of a rifle over a carbine.
In the book "With the Old Breed" Sledge normally carried a Thompson in Okinawa. But I am sure depending on the circumstances soldiers and marines carried what was available.