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Old 08-17-2019, 02:51 PM
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Sounds like we're basically in agreement.

If I may ask where did you find out that 27th and 30th ID were issued British SMLEs
I cannot remember when I first heard of this. My grandfather served in the 27th (New York) Division as an infantryman. The 27th and the 30th (Old Hickory) were both National Guard Divisions and they fought alongside the British and were under overall British Control in France. A major battle engagement was the taking of Saint Quentin Tunnel in 1918.
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Old 08-17-2019, 03:00 PM
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It is in the 30th Div unit book that they were issued British weapons, food and replacement clothing.
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Old 08-17-2019, 06:03 PM
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Sounds like we're basically in agreement.

If I may ask where did you find out that 27th and 30th ID were issued British SMLEs
Andrew, that is pretty common knowledge. The 27th and 30th fought as the U.S. II Corps with the British for the last part of 1918. They used British weapons.
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:08 PM
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Rick you know Andrew, he wants a document stating it explicitly. Haha.
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:11 PM
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My guess is Andew found that info in the Archives and wonders how else anyone knows it.

I do this too a lot. Ask how people know stuff because Im trying to gauge if I'm finding new info or info that is already known.
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Old 08-17-2019, 09:17 PM
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Pretty common knowledge ...
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:24 AM
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Andrew, that is pretty common knowledge. The 27th and 30th fought as the U.S. II Corps with the British for the last part of 1918. They used British weapons.
Reading through the history of my Grandad's 35th Division, there is reference to being issued "the third kind of rifle in 4 weeks."

They had trained on the 1903 and used it up to shipping out. When they arrived in France in early June 1918 they were trained on "the British rifle" and served as reserves to the British army. After about a week they were marched, issued "the American Enfield", and then taken by train to their own sector.

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