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.
From the Colmar to the Rhine, Sergeant Carl Erickson fought World War II as a tank driver with the 12th Armored Division.
Pressured to pry General Joseph E. Johnston from Kennesaw Mountain in June 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman suffered a bloody repulse.
During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.