One of the details I researched for my novel, The Secrets of Dr. John Welles, was the weapon used by American soldiers during World War II. Per my brother, a World War II history buff, the M1 Garand was the gun I needed to look up.
There is so much information on the M1 Garand, simply and affectionately called Garand in honor of its inventor, I didn’t believe I could do it justice by writing my own article. So, I choose two that I found to be the most interesting, and I’d like to share them with you.
The first, Garand Name Pronunciation: Who’s Right?, is actually somewhat humorous. There seems to be a longstanding debate on this issue. It’s probably not the first time a name has been mispronounced by an American, and it certainly won’t be the last. We do that sometimes, but I’m in agreement with writer Mark Keefe when he says, “… I am not going to tell anyone, especially those that used the rifle in combat, that they were wrong. Call it what you like, and thank you for your service.”
The second article, The Iconic M1 Garand, details the gun in all its glory. I’ve had the opportunity to hold an M1 as well as see them employed in the re-enactment of the D-day landings. It’s an impressive weapon, and I’m glad our soldiers had it to use against a formidable enemy.