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"Japanese Equipment" from Intelligence Bulletin, May 1943

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The following report on WWII Japanese equipment was originally published in the Intelligence Bulletin, May 1943.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department Intelligence Bulletin publication. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]



The comprehensive list of Japanese equipment given below was carried by a part of the Yokosuka 5th Special Landing Party, which took part in the Southwest Pacific fighting. This list of equipment represents about what a company of 250 to 275 men would carry.


   Description               Quantity   
Model 93 13-mm MG2
Model 92 7.7-mm Hv MG4 (with accessories and extra parts)
Model 96 6.5-mm LMG11
Model 38 rifle (with accessories and spare parts)172 (include 2 in reserve)
Model 89 heavy grenade thrower10
Model 14 pistol66 (with accessories and spare parts)
Model 100 flame thrower5
Model 93 13-mm ordinary Am7,454
Model 93 tracer Am3,476
Model 94 HMG ordinary Am24,000
Model 94 tracer ordinary Am6,000
Model 94 armor-piercing Am6,000
Model 96 LMG Am110,000
Model 38 rifle Am102,000
Model 14 pistol Am2,640
Model 89 heavy grenade-thrower shells700
Model 89 heavy grenade-thrower smoke shells100
Model 91 hand grenade 980
10 Kg smoke candles 15
1 Kg smoke candles 200
Rifle grenade shell (ordinary) 60
Rifle smoke shell 60
Model 95 collapsible boat 5 (with accessories)
Barge for transporting bombs 1
Wire entanglements 8,202 ft
MG carriage, type 2, revised No. 11
Portable phone 8 (with accessories)
Detector equipment 1
Detector equipment for scout use 5
Rifle barrels 25
No. 2 bullet-proof jacket 100
Wire cutter 35
Small shovels 125
Small picks 20
Triangle tents A3
Double tent2
Smoke screen float236
Model 93, No. 3 gas mask270
Life jacket (merchant-ship type)57
Life jacket (warship type)209
Portable pump1
Small B fire extinguisher4
Large B fire extinguisher8
Fire axe3
Model 92 Very pistol4
Model 41 signaling lamp (new type)1
Signaling rocket (new type)5
Portable signaling lamp12
Blasting powder (use on land)40
Model 99 demolition bombs4
Portable gasoline, direct-current charging generator 1 KW-105V, with the electric distributing equipment.1
TM type, portable wireless telegraph (new type 2).2 (with accessories and spare parts)
D1 code book1 (with number of dispatch tags and reception tags)
Rations--for about 1 1/2 months.
Canteen goods--for about 1 1/2 months.
Model 93 13-mm MG (auxiliary parts) light armament.3
Model 93 13-mm MG, arm rack Type 63
Model 93 13-mm double combined armament MG2
1 set Model 93 13-mm double combined armament MG arm rack.1
Ordinary ammunition22,454 rounds
Tracer ammunition8,976 rounds


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