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FEATURE | GARAND

peoples of the world look to us for support
in maintaining their freedoms. If we falter in
our leadership, we may endanger the peace
of the world, and we shall surely endanger
the welfare of our own nation."
The Military Assistance Agreement of
1947 and the Mutual Defense Assistance
Act of 1949 quickly followed the GreekTurkish Aid Bill, and the U.S. sent arms for
Turkey's defense, including the loan of tens of
thousands of M1 Garand rifles. These Garands
that helped block communist expansion on
the Continent and the in Near East have been
serving overseas for nearly 70 years.

MILITIA M1S
At about the same time, the Chinese
communists defeated the Nationalists,
and Soviet-backed communism quickly
spilled over China's borders. No Far Eastern
country could withstand Chinese communist
expansion, and the newly independent
Philippines was at risk. M1 Garands had
already served in the Philippines; defending
against the Japanese invasion was the rifle's

very first combat duty. Some of the first
issue rifles that rolled off the manufacturing
line went to Filipino and American troops
there in 1941 where, MacArthur said, "The
Garand rifle has proved itself excellent in
combat in the Philippines."
After WWII, the Truman Doctrine provided
thousands more M1s to the Philippines,
where much of the threat to stability was,
and still is, internal. Many of these M1s
eventually disseminated from the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to the
Citizen Armed Force Geographical Units
(CAFGU), a kind of active militia that serves
beside regular Army forces, as the AFP later
upgraded to M14s and M16s. But Filipino
insurgents of the New People's Army
(NPA) acquired Garands in numbers, as
well, whether via theft, graft or some other
avenue. Bruce N. Canfield's exhaustive work,
The M1 Garand Rifle, includes relatively
recent photos of a masked insurgent
wielding an M1 and piles of Garands
captured (or recaptured) by the Philippine
government.

PHOTO BY U.S. ARMY

Vintage parts
diagram of
the Garand.

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