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  1. “Right shoulder, ARMS” with a C96! Great photo and a good reminder on how popular/important the C96 and its derivatives and copies were in China during the 1930s. Thanks for posting this interesting picture.

  2. Judging from the relative dimensions of the ammunition pouches on her belt as well as the number thereof, it appears that the C96 was her primary weapon and not merely a sidearm.

  3. Earl, you’re right: back then, the C96 was commonly used by Chinese soldiers as a primary weapon instead of a rifle.

    • I sincerely hope that she survived the war and its aftermath intact in mind, spirit and body. Many Japanese Army units serving in China, especially those with politically-driven agendas ( such as the Imperial Guards ) were well-known for their unspeakable brutality in the name of honor, which perversely denigrated that very code of honor itself.

  4. She is a Nationalist.
    With the weapon shortage, no one was issued with two guns.
    Junior officers and specialists were issued C96.

    During the parade, some female were armed with C96 because they are smaller and lighter then rifles.

  5. I think she could also belong to some Communist unit; her headgear (of the caractheristic German/Austrian ski cap style, introduced in the 1930s and which eventually replaced the traditional peaked cap) seems to lack the cap badge on the front, bearing a white or silver sun burst on a dark blue disc, the insignia of the Kuomintang. The thing over the cap peak is just a button holding the two ear flaps.

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