Item Number: B337
Hardcover / 426pp / Index Incl.
By Frank Iannamico
Author Frank Iannamico presents an in-depth study of the famous Thompson submachine gun, which was fielded by the U.S. and her allies during World War II. Includes early history of the Auto-Ordnance Corporation, designers and engineers responsible for the Thompson, Colt Thompsons and the gangster era, WWII production figures and dates of manufacture, Savage Arms Corporation and Auto-Ordnance Bridgeport Thompsons, British and French contracts, U.S. government contracts and numbers, markings and variations, contractors and subcontractors, drums, magazines, accessories and much more.
The concept of the Thompson originated during World War I, by General John T. Thompson. By the time the weapon was designed and placed into production, the War had ended. Post-War sales were made to a few law enforcement agencies and corporations, but some ended up in the hands of criminals, earning the gun a sinister reputation.
Nearly 20 years later, at the beginning of World War II, there was a desperate need for weapons, and the Thompson was placed back in production. The submachine gun was issued to U.S. and Allied military forces and helped win the War.