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My father Guiseppe Cimino PFC Company E 2nd Infantry, Auto Rifleman 746 served in Northern France; Rhineland; and Central Europe from 19 Sep 43 to 10 Jul 1945.  I have his discharge papers.
Question is what type of rifle would he have had?  The Garrand or M1 Carbine?  My intent is to collect as much of like gear as possible.  I have a Carbine, but I'm thinking he may have had the Garrand.

Also what resources are there for securing a better understanding of decorations, citations, and badges?

Lastly, what is the best source for a better understanding of the theaters he served in?

Thanks,

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Greetings

Most Riflemen carried the Garand.  Some carried the 1903 Springfield but the M-1 Carbine was mostly used by troops behind the lines but paratroopers loved the weapon.  For accuracy I would say the Garand.  

The best resource for understanding decorations is one book “Decorations, Medals, Ribbons, Badges and Insignia of the United States Army: World War II to Present.”  Here is a link.


https://www.amazon.com/Decorations-Medals-Ribbons-Badges-Insignia/dp/1884452566/ref=pd_sim_14_6?ie=UTF8&dpID=51TKEF9EGML&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL320_SR240%2C320_&psc=1&refRID=E5JJ969MWGG9MSSX9ASP

As to better understanding the theaters of war there is a website called hyperwar that is excellent and free.  Also there is another link below that may help
http://www.worldwar2history.info/Europe/
http://ibiblio.org/hyperwar/ETO/index.html

If you are looking for books the below link to a series of books called “United States Army in WWII”.

I have included amazon.com links but your local library may be able to get them also

https://www.amazon.com/United-States-Army-WWII-Illustrated-ebook/dp/B00GNAYTBC/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468034830&sr=1-4&keywords=U.S.+Army+in+World+War+II%2C+The+European+Theater+of+Operations

https://www.amazon.com/United-States-Army-WWII-Illustrated-ebook/dp/B00GNIO8VU/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468034830&sr=1-5&keywords=U.S.+Army+in+World+War+II%2C+The+European+Theater+of+Operations

https://www.amazon.com/United-States-Army-WWII-Illustrated-ebook/dp/B00GNIOLNU/ref=pd_sim_351_4?ie=UTF8&dpID=51EXwGrO6mL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_OU01_AC_UL320_SR226%2C320_&psc=1&refRID=Z96HK0G1XDHB12DYCCYH

I hope this is helpful and please check out the links.

Thank you  

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