SUMMER EXHIBITION – Japanese Arisaka Type 38 Carbine Rifle and Japanese Nambu Type 96 Light Machine Gun

SUMMER EXHIBITION – Japanese Arisaka Type 38 Carbine Rifle and Japanese Nambu Type 96 Light Machine Gun

The Arisaka Type 38 Rifle and the Nambu Type 96 Light Machine Gun were introduced by the Imperial Japanese Army prior to the Second World War and saw service throughout the Burma Campaign as a reliable weapon for Japanese soldiers. The rifle is a shorter ‘carbine’ variant of reduced length and weight, which was often issued to cavalry, engineers and non-frontline troops.

The Nambu Type 96 Light Machine Gun was one of the most common machine guns used by Imperial Japan during the conflict, equivalent to the American Browning Automatic Rifle or the British Bren Gun.

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