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Was the Bren LMG with curved cartridge that prevalent throughout China, other than in the Burma theater where you would expect to find them?
Are Chinese TV serials distorting history a little bit? Should we actually be seeing Czech ZB-26s instead?
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On the same note, those guns may be Japanese copies of the Zb-26 confiscated at the end of the war, or even original Zb-26, because it was a great and tough design. Would need screen shots to determine exactly what they are, and that might not work either.
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Y-force didn't have many Brens until later in the war. I assume that by 1944 the quality of the ZB26s must have been poor given the age of the weapons, and the difficulty of replacing them.
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However in many cases those LMGs in Chinese TV serials with curved magazines could well be original ZB26s. In 1950s a large number of ZB26s and Thompson SMGs(and perhaps other guns) were modified in order to fire 7.62 ammunition. They were fitted with new curved magazine. The Thompson in L1E1's picture is a good example.
P.S. The characters on Canadian-made 7.9mm Bren. "七九勃然 加拿大造" - "79Bren Made in Canada"
Photo taken by myself in N4A Memorial Hall, Yancheng.