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Lord Lovat's Rifles: In Film, Recollection And Reality

The most famous rifle of D-Day—or at least the most memorable rifle of “The Longest Day”—wasn’t actually there. Lord Lovat did carry his Mannlicher-Schoenauer carbine in combat, however, and we can learn a lot about British and American guns used during World War II from his memoirs.

The M1 Garand At Dieppe

In August 1942, a small force of U.S. Army Rangers accompanying British and Canadian troops attacked the Germans in occupied France at Dieppe. It was the first combat use of the Garand in the European Theater of Operations.

First Action In The European Theater: The M1 Garand At Dieppe

While used previously in defense of the Philippines, the American M1 would not see European-theater combat until August of 1942, during a botched raid on Dieppe.

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