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A great selection of movies and TV miniseries have
brought classic wartime weapons to the screen.
From epics like (above, left to right) Band of Brothers,
Enemy at the Gates, Sands of Iwo Jima and
Windtalkers, to (clockwise from right) classics
like Downton Abbey, The Pacific, Letters from Iwo
Jima and Saving Private Ryan, these wartime
weapons are getting some starring roles.

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SURPLUS
ON SCREEN
Some of the world’s greatest
wartime weapons are the stars of
top Hollywood blockbusters!

I
T STARTED in junior high school. Back in the
1970s, because the school didn’t want us out buying
drugs on Friday nights, they would show a movie
in the cafeteria. Of course, it was almost always a
war movie—The Dirty Dozen, Kelly’s Heroes, Where
Eagles Dare—I guess they figured they had histori-

cal value as well. Me? I was hooked on World War II mov-
ies after that, and the World At War Time-Life books that
were just hitting the newsstands sealed the deal with cover
headlines like “Blitzkrieg!”

By John Fasano

• P H O T O S B Y H O L L Y W O O D S C R E E N L A N D •

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Reference Book Reviews By Michael O. Humphries

THE M1 GARAND RIFLE
Penned by respected expert and author Bruce N.
Canfield, The M1 Garand Rifle provides readers
with a thorough consideration of the iconic battle
rifle. The 872-page hardcover book is filled with
more than 2,150 photographs and strives to tell the
complete story of the M1 Garand.

Canfield begins by thoroughly describing the
earliest days of the design, as well as contempora-
neous designs against which it competed, to provide
historical context for its eventual success. Then,
diving into its production and use during World War

II, Canfield considers not only the core design and
its variants, but also foreign contenders from the
same era. The book continues in its consideration
well into the post-war era, through Korea and
beyond, as well as the role of the Garand around the
world and in the domestic civilian market.

Thanks to Canfield’s tackling of such a monu-
mental project and subject matter, collectors and
enthusiasts have just about all the information they
could want on the classic M1 Garand in a single
book. Definitely pick up a copy if you want to learn
more. Price: $95.99. For more information, visit
gunandswordcollector.com or call 800-999-4697.

WAR BABY III
In War Baby III: The U.S. Carbine Into the 21st
Century, renowned expert Larry L. Ruth explains the
fascinating history of the U.S. Caliber .30 Carbine
(or, M1 Carbine as it is known to many shooters).
Expanding upon his work in the first two editions in
the series (War Baby! and War Baby Comes Home)
published more than 20 years ago, Ruth continues
his study of this classic military small arm.

This deluxe, first-edition, hardcover book, span-
ning 952 pages and packing in 1,328 illustrations,

allows Ruth to present an even more thorough
consideration of this weapon through his research
conducted over the past 20 years. Covering up-to-
date collecting data and lore, roughly 85 percent of
the third volume is new and expanded information.

For a thorough consideration of the more than
six million carbines produced during World War II,
as well as the more than one million commercial
carbines made or assembled in the interim, Ruth
delivers the reader the ultimate resource. Price:
$149.95. For more information, visit collectorgrade.
com or call 905-342-3434.

For those with an interest in the ever-popular
Thompson series of submachine guns, the new
book Firearm Anatomy, Book I: The Thompson M1A1
Submachine Gun by Davis S. Findlay is well worth
a look. This softcover book features 340 pages of
hyper-detailed information on this classic firearm.

Written from an engineer’s perspective, the black
& white tome looks into the technical specifics of the
design, featuring, for example, a full technical data
package of a reverse-engineered M1A1 Thompson.
The drawings are shown as individual operation

process sheets that show the dimensions for each
separate cut on an individual drawing. It also provides
the means for calculating the rate of fire as well as a
consideration of the weapon’s cycle of operation.

As compared to reference books that cover the
history or operation of a firearm, this book takes a
different track. Rather, it considers purely the design
itself. Through this, it gives the reader an insight
into both the beautiful simplicity and the hidden
complexity of the design. Price: $29.95. For more
information, visit amazon.com. n

ITALIAN SMALL ARMS
Unfortunately an often-overlooked topic, the fas-
cinating history of the 20th-century small arms of
Italy is the subject of Ralph Riccio’s authoritative
Italian Small Arms of the First and Second World
Wars. Spanning 224 pages, the hardcover book is
thoroughly researched and is illustrated with more
than 600 color and black & white photographs.

Over the course of the book, the author uncovers
the developmental history and uses for all of Italy’s
domestically designed and produced weapons.
These range from pistols to rifles to submachine

guns to machine guns. The author does not leave
any stone unturned, considering also the acces-
sories, ammunition and markings of the weapons,
as well as the backgrounds of where they were
produced and who designed them.

For those who want to learn as much as pos-
sible about this important but previously neglected
subject, this book is a terrific source. With numerous
previously unpublished photographs and a wealth
of interesting information for military small arms
enthusiasts, Riccio’s work richly deserves your
consideration. Price: $69.99. For more information,
visit schifferbooks.com or call 610-593-1777.

FIREARM ANATOMY: THOMPSON M1A1 SUBMACHINE GUN

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