December 7, 1941. A very important day to remember.
Winchester Repeating Arms and the Arsenal of Democracy.
The attack left much of the US fleet a smoking ruin, and the loss of life among US military personnel neared 2,500, plus numerous casualties among the local civilian population. However, during the attack, the handful of US aircraft carriers were at sea and were spared from what would have been near-certain destruction. This allowed the US to maintain an effective defensive posture while rebuilding their naval assets. Due to the shallow waters of Pearl Harbor, many of the Navy’s damaged vessels were refloated, repaired and eventually rejoined the fight in the Pacific.
Here on the Winchester Repeating Arms website, we have posted a number of special historic features on how the firearms and other war materials manufactured under the Winchester banner helped the US and her Allies emerge victorious in WWII.
For example, among the major contributions that Winchester Repeating Arms made to the US war effort was the development the M1 Carbine, the most widely produced long gun of that war, and the production of the M1 Garand. Proudly we note that Winchester Repeating Arms was the only private sector company entrusted by Uncle Sam to produce the M1 Garand during WWII.
Copyright Winchester Repeating Arms, 2016. Written by Winchester Repeating Arms staff writer, Scott Engen. Most photos are in the public domain, others sources are obscure. Thanks to American Rifleman for their photo.