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WWII Small Arms - Can you help identify these images?

Discussion in 'Small Arms and Edged Weapons' started by EricBismarck, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. EricBismarck

    EricBismarck New Member

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    Hi All - I am new to this forum but I joined because I need some expert help in identifying a few images.

    The following images are of 2 stamps, that are actually not stamps but propaganda labels, issued somewhere in Europe in support of, I believe, Anti-Communist resistance after WWII in Albania. The text roughly translates to "Committee of the Resistance" and SHQIPNIJA is a Northern Albanian spelling of Albania that is rarely used.

    Although the labels probably never set foot in Albania itself, I was wondering if the small arms depicted on these 2 stamps are based on real equipment? - Or do they appear just to be generic drawings:

    Stamp 1 - Machine Gun
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    Stamp 2 - Rifles.

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    Any help would be greatly appreciated! - I also started a sister topic to this one regarding aircraft in the appropriate forum

    Thanks!

    Eric
     
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    The Machine Gun is a Browning M1917 or the Polish clone, the WZ.30. The WZ.30 continued to be manufactured for the Germans after Poland fell and I think most of them went to their Romanian allies. It would seem more likely a WZ.30 would end up in post-war Albania.

    It's impossible to say what the rifle is because the guy is covering the action with his arm. The barrel has been cut down, probably for concealment.
     
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    EricBismarck New Member

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    Thanks guys - this is helpful.

    I know that the Americans and British were supplying the Albanian resistance during WWII with arms. Post WWII I think it was mainly just anti-communist propaganda (no arms).
     

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