Thursday, August 30, 2012
Well Equipped Enemy
I don't know a lot about Chinese or Japanese uniforms. I believe this is a mixed detachment of Japanese and Chinese soldiers in Shanghai in 1941, just before we entered the war. The Japanese are on the right. The two submachine guns are MP 18s designed by Hugo Schmeisser, manufactured by Bergmann Waffenfabrik and licensed to SIG in 1920, which produced them in 7.63 x 25 Mauser and licensed them for Chinese manufacture thereafter, in Quingdao (formerly Tsing Tao) the German dominated trade zone or concession in China. The box magazine held 20, 30 or 50 rounds. The 7.63 x 25 Mauser pistol round (used in the C96 broom-handle Mauser pistol) was a powerful round well suited for a machine pistol.
One of the soldiers wears a German helmet. What's up with that?