I am seeking records pertaining to the Issue of M1 Carbines and more specifically, Ser #342 assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in July 1942. A prior FOIA request disclosed in the 1st Infantry Division's G-3 Diary from 1942 the following:
Based at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation in Pennsylvania during the summer of 1942, “The Big Red One” was one of the American units that participated in the first Allied invasion of Europe (in North Africa) in November of that year. The Division shipped out two weeks after these documents were written. Excerpts are below. Items in parenthesis are my edits for clarification.
10 July 42. G-3 (Division Operations) notified by G-4 (Division Supply) that 1st Infantry Division has just received 1500 carbines, cal 30. G-4 stated the Div might be completely equipped with carbines prior to embarkation.
11 July 42. Capt. Bennett notified G-4 and DOO (most likely means Division Ordnance Officer) that Lt. Batori, Asst DOO, had asked him to notify them that a message had been received from Capt. Morgan, Washington, D.C. stating that there was going to be a production lag in manufacture of carbines. 800 delivered to us immediately, 1529 will be held up 3 or 4 days, then the full production quota will be given to us.
Based on other information contained in a book titled War Baby (referring to the manufacture of the M1 Carbine, there were about 360 carbines manufactured by Inland (A Division of General Motors) in June 1942 and about 2,800 manufactured in the month of July 1942. Given that the G-3 Diary from the 1st ID reflects that 1,500 carbines were received by the division on 10 July 1942, this would likely include Inland Serial #342.
I am seeking the following:
- Any records showing receipt of M1 Carbines by the 1st Infantry Division either by serial number, or in lots (reflecting first and last serial numbers of the lot).
- Any issue, transfer or receipt documents for M1 Carbines in serial number range from 100 to 3,000 inclusive.
- Any records of M1 Carbine Issue to any of the Division's subordinate units, to include any of the following:
- Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division
- 16th Infantry Regiment
- 18th Infantry Regiment
- 26th Infantry Regiment
- Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Infantry Division Artillery
- 5th Field Artillery Battalion (155 mm)
- 7th Field Artillery Battalion (105 mm)
- 32nd Field Artillery Battalion (105 mm)
- 33rd Field Artillery Battalion (105 mm)
- 1st Engineer Combat Battalion
- 1st Medical Battalion
- 1st Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
- Headquarters, Special Troops, 1st Infantry Division
- Headquarters Company, 1st Infantry Division
- 701st Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
- 1st Quartermaster Company
- 1st Signal Company
- Military Police Platoon
- 1st Counterintelligence Corps Detachment
- 103rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons
Records to be searched might include reports, journals, diaries and daily activity logs made by G-3 and G-4 at Division level; S-3 and S-4 at Battalion level, and Quartermaster and unit supply documents for issue and receipt of individual weapons at unit level.
While I believe that these records may be housed at NARA located in College Park, MD., I also believe that copies or pertinent documents might exist that the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, KS. Thank you.