And weren’t allthose donated American private guns destroyed by the British government rather than being issued?
The British just had a much milder form of tyranny than the Germans.
***And werent all those donated American private guns destroyed by the British government rather than being issued?***
After Dunkurk, the American guns were issued as there were not enough rifles in England to stop the Nazis.
After the war, some historic guns were given to museums, others were sent back to their American owners (if they knew the address of the owner). The rest were dumped into the sea.
If it had not been for the American guns the Brits would have met a nazi onslaught with those traditional English peasant weapons, the hay rake and the pitch fork.
No, they were issued and used during the war by the Home Guard.
After the war, nearly all were destroyed rather than returned by dumping them in the deep. A few examples were returned because the donator had the presence of mind to mark their address and name on the gun and demand that they be returned after the war.