The M1A1 carbine is the folding stock variant of the M1 carbine rifle, a shortened .30-caliber semiautomatic rifle often issued to airborne, headquarters, armored, and artillery troops during World War II. The carbine served as the shoulder arm for support troops, while the M1 Garand semiautomatic rifle was standard issue among American infantry units during the war.
Led by the impetuous General Nathaniel Lyon, Union forces pursued retreating Confederates across southwestern Missouri in the summer of 1861. At Wilson’s Creek, Lyon caught up with the enemy on aptly named Bloody Hill.
In early 1942, a furious air-sea battle in the Solomons set the stage for Pacific Theater combat yet to come.