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Old 06-16-2021, 12:40 AM
Col. Colt Col. Colt is offline
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Then there are all the Navy Shipboard Armories for Boarding or Shore Parties (anybody know when the Navy replaced the M1903 in the Fleet?), the MP/Airfield guards, the Red Ball Express and other non-frontline units that might have kept the '03 a bit longer, and some probably got used for Real.

And the '03A4 and USMC M1903A1 w/Unertl made it through the war and some use in Korea, with the last M1903A4 Field Manual being printed during the Vietnam War! CC
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Old 06-16-2021, 07:09 AM
bruce bruce is offline
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A few days ago I saw a photo posted of men on landing boats on D-Day morning. I was surprised to see a number of men armed with 03 rifles. No idea of what might have been the unit, etc. But the photo caught my attention. Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 06-16-2021, 11:31 PM
Quak Quak is offline
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At that point each squad still had a 03 for launching rifle fired grenades. The launchers for the M1 where not yet in widespread use. There is the famous picture from Omaha beach iirc of the dead GI next to a M1 and an 03a3

Bless those Men
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Old 06-17-2021, 07:24 AM
M1Thumb M1Thumb is offline
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If I am not mistaken I believe one regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division was still armed with the M1903 when it landed at Omaha Beach in the days following the invasion. Hopefully this belief is incorrect as from what I can determine by June of 1944 enough M1 rifles had been produced for all infantry units to have them.
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Old 06-17-2021, 07:29 AM
navyrifleman navyrifleman is offline
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The June 2021 issue of Firearms News contains a load of photos taken during World War II of troops armed with the 1903, 03A3, and 1917 rifles.
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