Rifles of World War IIFrom 1910 to 1945, Korea was under Japanese military occupation. Japanese military education was complete and thorough. I learned how to operate their Arisaka Type 38 infantry rile, without live ammunition, when I was 9 years old. Let us see how the rifle works.
Arisaka Type 38
with 6.5mm ammunition. This machine was introduced in 1905
and used by Japanese troops during the Russo-Japanese war and during
the early phase of the Sino-Japanese war.
Arisaka Type 99 with 7.7mm ammo was introduced in 1939.
Japanese soldiers fought with these rifles during World War II. I was
trained to operate this rifle during the period January-July of 1951,
while my middle school in Seoul was occupied by communist troops, and
I was enrolled at another school in a southern city of Chinhae. I
indeed went though an excellent military training during my childhood.
Mauser Kar 98K was used by German troops in World War II.
Germany produced 14 million copies of this rifle, but I was not
able to touch any of those.
Mosin-Nagant rifles were used by Soviet troops during
WWII. In June 1950, the North Korean army stormed the South with
these rifles and Soviet-built T-34
tanks. When NK troops retreated, they left behind many of
their Mosin-Nagants. I picked up one of those, and learned how to
- Garrand M1 was used by American troops during World War II and the Korean War (1950-53). The Korean army was also equipped with those M1 rifles. This gas-powered semi-automatic rigle was invented by a French Canadian engineer named John C. Garrand in 1920, and was adopted by the U.S. Army in 1936. About 6 million copies were produced until 1957. I am quite familir with this beautiful machine.
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