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KonterAspirant

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#1 12 years ago

Ok mates,

I saw a documentation about Iwo Jima on the telly yesterday. It showed animations of the tunnel and bunker system on that isle. That was quite interesting! But that's not all! Soon they talked about a soldier called "Tony Stein". He took off a weapon from a crashed airplane on the beach. Then he attached that cal.30 with a gun stock of a M1 carbine.

The result looked like this:

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(replica coz only 6 or few more of them had been "built")

5 or 6 bursts wasted 100 bullets!

Today I searched the internet to get some more information about Tony Stein. This is what I found: http://www.navalorder.org/02-Feb-01%20MistHist.PDF

Quoted from that source (page 10): "Then there was Tony Stein, Cpl. Anthony Stein of Dayton, Ohio, 24 years old, a tool and die machinist in civilian life. Tony had been a Golden Gloves boxer, set pins in a bowling alley and pulled a stint working a shovel for the Civilian Conservation Corps before becoming a machinist. Tony had been at Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Vella Lavella. He had gone home in July 1944, married his sweetheart, and headed back to the South Pacific after a three-day honeymoon. Now, Stein was in the Fifth Marine Division -- A Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines. Bits and parts of his story pop up in a lot of books about Iwo, including Richard F. Newcomb’s 1965 book with the simple title Iwo Jima. On one of the islands where Tony had soldiered, he had come across a downed U.S. Navy fighter plane. From one of its wings, he had taken a light weight .30 cal. air-cooled machine gun, which he took apart and put in his pack. When afforded the time, he fiddled with it, and turned it into a hand carried, belt fed, personal weapon he called his “stinger.” It had quite a sting, and it burned up ammo fast. When the 28th hit Green Beach at Iwo Jima, the landing spot closest to Mount Suribachi, the 1st Battalion was to drive straight across the island with the 2nd Battalion following part way and then turning toward the volcano. It wasn’t long before A Company’s commander, Captain Aaron G. Wilkins was the only company commander left in his battalion. When A Company moved out, Tony Stein was in the lead, and he headed right for a Jap pillbox. With his stinger, he suppressed the Jap fire and a demolitions team consisting of Sergeant Merritt M. Savage and Corporal Frederick J. Talbert blew up the emplacement. That worked so well, they did it all morning In the first hour of the advance, Stein personally slew at least 20 Japs, then he ran out of ammo. We have seen how hard it was to run or even walk in the sandy volcanic ash of Iwo, so Stein took off his shoes. Then he took off his helmet. He grabbed a wounded Marine and hustled him off to the beach, grabbed as many ammo boxes as he could carry and ran back to his outfit. He made that round trip eight times that day, each time getting a wounded man to safety. His stinger was shot out of his hands twice, but at the end of the day he was still shooting Japs with it. As his mother Rose often said, “He’s a tough one, that Tony.” On Wednesday evening, D + 2, Tony got hit in the shoulder by shrapnel and was told to hustle himself to the beach for evacuation. He was back in the line by Saturday. On 1 March, D + 10, the 28th was at the other end of the island, on the western side of the fat part. The 1st and 2nd Battalions had taken Hill 362A and were faced with an 80-foot cliff leading into a ravine full of Jap riflemen in tunnels and caves. The only way to the other side was to go around on the shoulders, which were certain to be covered by every sort of fire the Japs had, and crawling with snipers. A Company’s Captain Wilkins called for volunteers and Tony Stein responded."

Additional information: World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Tony Stein

I hope this weapon will find it's way into the mod sometime! Only usable by engineers ;)

Cheers




jumjum

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#2 12 years ago

What you picture is an AirSoft-type weapon. Stein used a carry-handle like the Bren has. Otherwise he had no way to hold the super-hot weapon. Also, until now I've never read that he fashioned a stock or bipod, although he may have had to fashion a trigger (IIRC air mgs had electric firing systems) - I was under the impression that he simply lifted the weapon by gripping it by the handle with his left-hand and fired with his right, usually firing upright. This came from reading many years ago and I do not recall what particular book.




JohnWalker

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#3 12 years ago

Wasn't there a big debate about this a couple months ago? Edit: Yes and found. http://forums.filefront.com/fh2-suggestions/285935-m1919a2-stinger.html




stylie

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#4 12 years ago
JohnWalker;3841475Wasn't there a big debate about this a couple months ago? Edit: Yes and found. http://forums.filefront.com/fh2-suggestions/285935-m1919a2-stinger.html

You have made the mods' day John Walker. :bows:




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#5 12 years ago

*sniff* I'm so proud of him I could just cry. *sniff*




KonterAspirant

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#6 12 years ago

Ahh ok I see :)

I guess it would have been better to call this thread "Tony Stein Thread" or something like that;)