How did soldiers in WW II receive their weapons?

I've been watching HBO's The Pacific, and Marines in the same squad will have over half a dozen separate kinds of weapons, from M1s, Springfields, M1911s, revolvers, Thompsons, etc. What Im wondering is, were Soldiers and Marines in WW II given weapons at random, because of what the rest of their unit was given, what they showed the most skill in at basic training, or rank? I know special weapons like heavy machine guns and flamethrowers are special cases, but what about standard weapons?

Asked By: - 4/28/2010
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That's the problem with TV - it isn't reality... More
Answered By: Mark F - 4/28/2010
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the armory issues the weapons to the soldiers
Answered By: spyther83 - 4/28/2010
they were given out the same way they are now. the skilled get the sniper style *which wasn't very sniper back then lol... More
Answered By: warrior_kitty1 - 4/28/2010
Weapons are (and were) normally assigned by a Marine's assignment according to a Table of Organizational Equipment. Every position was assigned a particular weapon by type. Officers carried a pistol, primarily as a last-ditch, self-defense weapon. The Corpsmen and most radio operators did the same. the M-1 carbine... More
Answered By: MSG_A - 4/28/2010
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