Details of the Tommy-Gun; Report on British Anti-Invasion Measures

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8 Jul 1940


Ref. No.: 3/NBF/T1625
Issued: /3/2/1964
Copy No.: 201.

No: 740 

8 July 40

     To JOHN. [i]

1. Tommy-guns are automatic submachine guns:Calibre: .45 inch
Weight: 4.2 kilograms
Length: 33 inches
1,500 rounds a minute
50-round magazine
Effective range: 70 metres.
They are intended for use against parachute landings.

2. Yesterday [we][a] drove past two military airfields. Blockhouses with machine guns have been erected along the airfield boundaries. There are two rows of barbed wire joining the blockhouses and surrounding the airfields. There are [Fairey][a] Battles at BENSON airfield and Hurricanes at NORTHOLT. They all have Anglo-French markings. New COVENTRY patrols are being carried out by flights of Hurricanes.

3. On the roads are police armed with rifles. The troops are stationed in concealed camps in woods and oopses. Carts with their shafts pointing upwards and agricultural machines have been left standing in fields under cultivation.

No. 182

DICK[DIK] [ii]

Note: [a] Inserted by translator.
Comments: [i] JOHN: Unidentified MOSCOW addressee.
     [ii] DICK: Unidentified LONDON addressee.


United States National Security Agency

Added By:
C. Peter Chen

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