[quote]Jack - its a little off-topic, but I have a picture of a Japanese soldier, in what appears to be only a squad being addressed by an officer, and certainly taken in the Jungle during combat from their general appearance, armed with a Tommy Gun (Model 1928 probably - not an M1 or M1A1). I foget where the picture was taken. If in Malaya, it probably would be ex-British. If in the Islands, ex-US (Army, Marine or Navy, depending on the circumstances and I suppose also the Island). I found it interesting because aside from China, from which you find pictures of Japanese soldiers and sailors with various foreign weapons, perhaps originally procured by the Japanese from the sources that made them, or from the Chinese Army.
John, I decided to open a new thread rather than capture the one on German 50 Browning.
I have quite a few Chinese made pistols that were captured from Japanese officers or clearly used by Japanese officers. One is a holster rig that looks like a traditional Baby Nambu, but when you open it the pistol is a Chinese copy of the FN M1900 and the fittings in the holster are set up for a 25 round box of 7.65mmB and it even includes a tool to take out the two slide screws on a M1900. Another is an overgrown copy of the Austrian Little Tom, but in 7.63mm Mauser with a long barrel. This pistol was brought back from Okinawa, but it makes sense since one of the Japanese units there had been transferred from Manchuria. What ammo did these guys use??? Not much 7.63mm Mauser on Okinawa in 1944! Lots of Chinese made 7.65mmB in China. I spoke to an OSS agent (or something similar-retired Army Colonel who-I understand wrote a book on the 45 M1911 or perhaps on colt pistols) who went there in late 1944, and bought a Chinese M1900 from the downtown market as a backup gun along with Chinese made ammo with fake Western headstamps. He was quite happy with the pistol and the ammo was OK, but since it was a backup gun, he was much happier when he found a box of pre-war DWM 7.65mm in the market. Before he left in 1946, he got a Colt 32ACP. He could only bring one pistol back so the M1900 copy went back to the market.
The 45 Thompson you saw in the photo could have been a Chinese copy also. Beautifully made guns. The one in the ATF reference collection is in new condition, and they originally thought it was a US gun that had been redone and refitted (very tightly made) marked in Chinese until they measured it in detail and realized it could have never been a US Thompson.