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real-world EAA's The Attic - World War II Era M1 Garand Rifle

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While the official designation of this rifle was simply U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1, it became much better known as the M1 Garand, taking the name of its designer, John Garand. The M1 was the standard service rifle used by the United States during World War II, and this particular example dates back to the WWII era. This Garand, along with the period paratrooper supplies and parachute, is part of a D-Day exhibit opening in the EAA Aviation Museum on June 6, 2019, 75 years to the day after the event itself. Thousands of these rifles were carried by brave soldiers parachuting out of C-47s and arriving on the beachhead from ships in a crucial step toward Allied victory in the war.

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