The British National Archives keep some very interesting information about guns and ammunition. A particular document deals with the supply of rifles and small arms ammunition to the Russian army in 1915, during WWI, no doubt to be used against the Kaiser troops.
As it is known that the Soviets disposed of many of the old guns and ammo in their inventories by selling them to the Spanish Republican goverment in 1936-1939, I am interested in knowing more about that material supplied to the Czar in 1915. I am sure you all can help, so I am enclosing some excerpts from the cited document:
Japanese 6,5 mm cartridges usually don’t have any headstamp, but what about these cartridges assembled in Britain from Japanese components?
If the Japanese themselves were sending rifles and cartridges to the Russians in 1915, then not all of the stock of Japanese material in the hands of the Soviets came from the Russian-Japanese war of 1904, as I believed.