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PostTommy Gun and John T Thompson (Cameron Sawyer, Russia, 12/23/17 4:55 am)
A minor pedantic remark to John Heelan's interesting post of December 22nd:
The "Tommy Gun" is not indeed named for Tommy Atkins, but rather for General John Taliaferro Thompson (a distant relative of mine), inventor of the M1 Thompson Submachine Gun:
JE comments: I couldn't resist being pedantic either when commenting on John H's post. Thompson's home is on the Ohio river waterfront in Newport, Kentucky, where there is a historic marker. There is an excellent German beer hall (Hofbrauhaus) nearby. Cameron Sawyer will be able to tell us if John Taliferro Thompson is related to Confederate General William B. Taliaferro (pronounced "Tahliver"), a Virginian described by Wikipedia as "strict, aloof, and unpopular." The surname is from a prominent Virginia family of Italian origin.