I understand what you are saying about McArthur and I believe he was ordered to flee.
There does remain some controversy about "Dugout Doug's" willingness to remain in any event.
("bugout Doug was another less complimentary nickname)
As I said I believe what you say, and as well as in McArthur's courage.
He certainly showed he had courage when he personally led a squad to retake his old Hotel Suite in Manilla (this story is anecdotal) from the Japanese.
Apparently he shot one Japanese soldier (or Marine) dead during the melee and an enlisted man cried "nice going Boss!!" I am assuming that he was hoping some of his personal belongings were still in the Suite.
I think, from that anecdotal evidence, ie; that he had not 'packed up' (there were literally no ships of size availble anyway) to bug out shows an intent to remain.
A good topic for another thread.
In answer to a prior question the following was found with respect to an "American Parachute Company"
2. 3 Rifle platoons
Headquarters 2X.30 cal. (m1919) LMG
3 Rifle Squads w/
9 x M-1 Rifle
2x .30 cal Carbine or .45 cal. smg
1X 60mm Mortar
This seems to me to have ben a bit on the anemic side and a typical variation introduced by 1944 1945 would have been:
1XBAR (yes yes I know too big and heavy, perhaps dropped in equipment containers or the like)so this particular toe differs from certain prior statements
3 x .45 SMG (this would be my choice although the weapon 'appears' light it is NOT. This creates one problem (the weight even with the 11.5" bbl) and ameriorates another (heavy recoil and muzzle climb. I had two big uglies, as I call them, still made in Worcester , Ma. They were heavy, but this was offset by the 16.5 minimum bbl length for civilian use. If you want one, get em now as the 30 round stick and 20 round stick mags amde before 1998 will dry up soon. Forget about finding a true 100 round drum. The weapon comes in many configurations, most of which may have been used in action (saving the 16.5 bbl not one of those.)
2 x .30 Caliber Carbine or .45 cal smg (officers?)
6 x M1 Rifle
I think both the BAR and more especially the Thompson M1929 SMG would have become early favorites for 'chute squads.
"Put the lead to 'em boys"
I am sure they must have found a need for the BAR's firepower in actual practice and found a way to get them on the ground.
Typically, the forward bipod was removed from the BAR in service, esspecially in situations where the same could become entangled.
A BAR gunner we all know well (JV Summers) indicated this was his practice ie: to remove the bipod when the situation demanded it.
Even for airborne this toe appears anemic in the anti tank area, but I assume the listed arrangement was varied on the battlefield, I don't think paratroopers are foolish
I will post the toe of a normal 'leg' unit later.
It is unclear to me whether of not there existed in the 'chute company a "weapons platoon".
There also existed separate 'parachute aritillery units". WWe'll talk about them later.
(PS-Hugh, it's your job
to 'grumble' here!!!!