This segment is from the definitive film series on the Thompson produced by the Army Signal Corps in 1942-43 to train troops in the use of this outstanding weapon. A thorough explanation of the inner workings of the Thompson delivered through a live tear down, with supplemental animation. You’ll learn how all the parts function together in this very innovative design..
Originally developed as the .45 caliber "Trench Broom" for close-in fighting at the end of World War I, no other weapon is more surrounded by legend and mystique than the Tommy Gun. Used by both gangsters and law enforcement officers during the Roaring Twenties, it was frequently shown in films and in posed photographs, its drum magazine and instant fire power making it immediately recognizable. You could even buy one at your local variety store. During World War II, the Thompson came into it's own for it's originally intended purpose, making war along side the US Army and Marine Corps. Much prized by the Allies, it was shipped in large quantities to British, Commonwealth, French, and Polish troops, along with many other nations. The Thompson saw action from the frozen Battle of the Bulge to the sweltering rain forests of New Guinea and made every stop in between. The Germans admired and respected it for it's extreme ruggedness You could literally stomp on one in the mud, wipe it off & start firing