Japanese using American/Allied Weapons

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Re: Japanese using American/Allied Weapons

Post by Peter H » 09 May 2008 14:03

I think this is US artillery
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Re: Japanese using American/Allied Weapons

Post by CHARPOY CHINDIT » 11 May 2008 00:00

Are they not British 4.5" Howitzers, captured in Malaya?

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Post by Peter H » 11 May 2008 03:43

Thanks!

I think the location is Singapore so makes sense.

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Post by Graham Clayton » 16 May 2013 10:42

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Post by Fatboy Coxy » 24 Oct 2013 20:16

CHARPOY CHINDIT wrote:Are they not British 4.5" Howitzers, captured in Malaya?
At least 43 4.5" Howitzers which were undamaged or had minor damage were captured during the Malayan/Singapore campaign, all were disposed to local Japanese units.

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Post by Setsurinvich » 06 Jan 2024 06:00

Sewer King wrote:
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Anstalt Hofmann wrote:Does anyone have photos of Japanese troops with Carbine's, Garand's etc?
There is enough mention of Japanese using M1 rifles picked up from fallen Marines at Iwo Jima, and of course late in the war the Imperial Navy made a small number of Type 5 rifles, copies of the Garand in 7.7mm.
Is there a source for these incidents?

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Post by jbroshot » 06 Jan 2024 06:17

Fatboy Coxy wrote:
24 Oct 2013 20:16
CHARPOY CHINDIT wrote:Are they not British 4.5" Howitzers, captured in Malaya?
At least 43 4.5" Howitzers which were undamaged or had minor damage were captured during the Malayan/Singapore campaign, all were disposed to local Japanese units.

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Japanese Monograph No. 68 Report on Installations and Captured Weapons, Java and Singapore 1942 might be of help

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Post by ROLAND1369 » 06 Jan 2024 22:33

At least one battalion of the Japanese artillery in the Philippines was using ex US 155 MM M 1918 guns and some captured US Half tracks some with 75 MM M1897 guns were also used during the American retaking of the area in 19 44 45. On Corregidor at least one 3 inch M 1903 coastal gun was reemplaced for use by the Japanese defenders. On Wake island both 5 inch CD and 3 inch M 3 AA guns were re used by japanese defenders. It is also well known that the Japanese made use of a company of Captured M 3 light tanks also in the Philippines. As a matter of fact an M 3 light tank was the command tank of the three used in the capture of Corregidor.

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Post by OpanaPointer » 07 Jan 2024 01:05

JM 12 mentions the IJA using DC-3s for transport missions.
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Post by ShindenKai » 07 Jan 2024 07:59

I vaguely recall reading somewhere that roughly 14% of the Japanese populace could read/speak English. Is this true? Was it taught in the military or was there an option in the military to learn it? -Would definitely facilitate using captured equipment.

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Post by Akira Takizawa » 07 Jan 2024 08:42

English was taught at high schools before WWII. But, the rate of enrollment in high schools was only about 8%. English was also taught at Army and Navy schools. But, they were for officers. Before WWII, only a few elites could speak English in Japan.

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Re: Japanese using American/Allied Weapons

Post by Setsurinvich » 07 Jan 2024 19:16

Well for something relatively simple like a rifle, it wouldnt take too much difficulty to figure out how to use. So picking up M1 Garands or Lee-Enfields shouldnt be that hard to figure out.

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Post by Ardee » 07 Jan 2024 23:36

Japanese soldiers using a BAR and vz.26, taken from the Chinese. Plus a photo (on a troop carrier, possibly SNLF) using a MP 18, source not given. Somewhere, I believe I have a photo of a Japanese with a Johnson rifle, taken in the Dutch East Indies. Ditto for a Thompson. IIRC, the Japanese incorporated all surviving Dutch East Indies AFVs into their service, and probably much else, from there and elsewhere.
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Post by Setsurinvich » 08 Jan 2024 01:18

This person has found a photo of a Japanese weapons stash the Australians found in Papua New Guinea, seems to be a M1 Garand amongst the weapons as mentioned.

If the Japanese have M1s in arsenals on Papua New Guinea then they brought them there to use them.

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