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Vintage Saturday: Spoils of War

Canaidna inspecting Jap type 96 at Kiska Aug 1943

Canadian soldier inspecting a Japanese Type 96 on Kiska, 1944

Looks like just the thing to send back to the US without a magazine.

I believe this is a Canadian solider on the island of Kiska in the Aleutians, inspecting a Japanese Type 96 machine gun.

7 comments to Vintage Saturday: Spoils of War

  • I doubt that he’s Canadian…he’s got an American M1 rifle, American clothing, and his chevrons are US Army…If he is a Canadian then he’s part of the 1st Special Service Force. On 15 August 1943, 1st SSF was part of the invasion force of the island of Kiska, but after discovering the island was recently evacuated by Japanese forces.

  • Rob R

    If he is Canadian, he First Special Service Force. That is a Garand next to him and he is wearing US rank insignia.

  • The picture could be any one of our allies sitting on a hill top somewhere in Korea (1950-53) inspecting one of the weapons used by the Red Chinese or the Red Koreans. What say you all?
    See you all in the SAR’s building in a week or less.

  • Chris Morton

    Korea would be my bet as well. Terrain-wise it sure looks like Korea, especially the Camp Casey area and farther north.

  • Jib Halyard

    yes a Canadian corporal on the Aleutians may well have been issued a Garand, but he most certainly would not be wearing upside-down chevrons on his sleeve like that…

  • Nick F

    Definitely. Canadian troops at Kiska were issued US weapons, helmets and webbing, but still wore Canadian uniforms and definitely would have been wearing rank chevrons point down in the Commonwealth manner.

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