Today in WW II: 28 Aug 1941 Massive concrete Dneproges Dam and electric plant at Zaporozhyee on the Dnieper River [Dneprostroi Dam] are partially destroyed by retreating Soviet troops to prevent German capture [Operation Barbarossa]. More↓
Coast Guardsman standing watch over 78-foot torpedo boat, armed with M1911 .45 cal. automatic pistol in leather holster, Higgins Industries, Inc., New Orleans, LA, July 1942.
WW II photo of soldier with M-1911 .45 cal. Automatic Pistol in a shoulder holster.
WW II photo of soldier with M-1911 .45 cal. Automatic Pistol in a belt holster.
PVT Melvin Kearney is searched for concelaed weapons by PVT Elliot Schneiderman (armed with an M1911 .45 cal. pistol in belt holster) during MP training, Fort McPherson, GA, 1942.
Machinist John Ignacek pierces trigger hole guards during production of M1911A1 .45 cal. pistols, Colt factory, Hartford, CT, July 1942.
M1911A1 .45 cal. automatic pistol training, Air Service Command, Daniel Field, GA, July 1943.
Marine Corps Military policewoman Lance Cpl. A. J. Nesbit practices firing the Colt M-1911 .45 cal. Automatic Pistol from a standing post position, Albany, GA, 6 April 1981.
Philippine force reconnaissance Marines fire on targets using M1911A1 .45 caliber pistols, with instruction from U.S. recon Marines, Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, 18 October 2005.
A III Marine Expeditionary Force, Dynamic Assault Course student reassembles his upgraded M1911A1 .45 cal. pistol, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, 9 July 2008. The Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) pistol is an enhanced combat .45 caliber, semi-automatic pistol, built on the M1911A1 frame but incorporating special features and components selected to meet MEU requirements.
M1911A1 .45 cal. automatic pistol, cut away to show internal parts.