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Japanese Infantry Weapons (World War II)

We usually stick to documents relating to a single specific weapon, but today we have an interesting report on a whole bunch of guns. Our friend Hrachya sent us a copy of a 1943 US War Department report on Japanese Infantry weapons. Instead of just discussing the usual rifles, pistols, and machine gun or two, this document is much more complete. It covers a whole range of grenades, land mines, mortars, AT and AA guns, and artillery pieces.

Japanese Type 98 AA gun (20mm)

Japanese Type 98 AA gun (20mm)

The illustration quality leaves something to be desired, but there is a lot of good information in this 257-page report for anyone interested in the standard armaments of the Japanese Army during World War II. You can download the manual below. Thanks, Hrachya!

Japanese Infantry Weapons (English, 1943)

Japanese Infantry Weapons (English, 1943)

 

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