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tommy gunThe Thompson submachine gun that was held by Winston Churchill in a famous wartime photograph has been found. In the iconic photograph a defiant-looking British prime minister holds the submachine gun, while wearing a pinstripe suit and smoking a big cigar. It was taken while he was inspecting coastal defences at Hartlepool in July 1940. The Tommy Gun, long thought lost, is now part of the Donnington Collection at the Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon, Essex. According to the Daily Express, Clive McPherson, military historian at the musuem, has researched the weapon and concluded, “I am about 80 per cent certain it is the Churchill Tommy Gun. No one else in the country has laid claim to having the gun.” A report on the Tommy Gun is also available from the Daily Mail while interesting images of the photograph in German propaganda leaflets are available at War History Online.

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