Re: What would you take to battle?
That depends greatly on what type of combat (open country or close range) was most likely to be encountered, Bear. I voted for the Thompson, but if shooting at ranges over a hundred yards max were to be the rule, I would prefer the M1. The BAR was a fine weapon, but it was heavy to lug and the poor slob who carried it usually drew a lot of fire from the opposition! In my opinion, the Johnson rifle was too unreliable and jam-prone to be a good choice. You don't designate whether action was to be on the islands of the Pacific, where close-in jungle fighting was most likely, or in Europe where fire fights at over 100 yards occurred more commonly.