View Full Version : Firearm arrangement in WW2 S-Boats
11-10-2003, 01:54 AM
I was watching the movie U-571 the other day, and spotted that the S-33 boarding party were carrying Thompson (M1921/M1928) with a side folding stock. There is no close-up shot on the folding side and no body actually extended the stock throughout the movie.
The stock very much resembles M1A1 Carbine's side folding stock. Anyone knows if there should be such Thompson variation in the '40s ( (Well, the other details in the movie seems authentic...)?
And just out of curiosity, what will be the standard firearm issued in S-Boats besides M1911s? Any photo can be a great help...
11-12-2003, 01:50 AM
ok...First off you have to realise this, U-571 was a complete load of bull****! The US Navy, Army or Air Force was not involved in the war when the allies got the Cypher machines. So in essence, dont believe anything that the stupid movie has to say.
It Should have been a movie made from a british or possibly Canadian perspective. A Canadian Corvette came across an unscuttled German U-Boat and discovered one of the german Code Machines. The rest were found by the Brits.
So...in short, don't believe anything that movie says to you. Who knows, the weapons load out might even be flawed.
11-12-2003, 02:31 AM
I did not watch the movie, but as far as I know, no Thompson SMG had a folding stock. But the stock can be removed, and the SMG used without it. Maybe this is the case?
Firearms are not really key weapons in submarines, and given the limited space on board WW II subs, the number of firearms carried are probably limited.
11-12-2003, 07:30 PM
I would have thought pistols would be more sub-friendly. But then, I am not a submariner or naval personnel at all.
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