Seventy-five years ago, Allied troops invaded Hitler’s “Fortress Europe” to bring an end to Nazi tyranny, and many of them arrived by parachute or glider. They were the men of the British and American airborne, and they were well-armed indeed.
The “U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30, M1A1”—used by the elite American Airborne throughout World War II and beyond—is one of the classic American arms of the Second World War and, for the modern collector, a true prize.
Whether dropped deep behind enemy lines or fighting as conventional infantry, American airborne troopers during World War II trusted their lives to their rifles, pistols, submachine guns and automatic rifles.