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#1 Biak

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 03:40 AM

Another site I stumbled on that has a tremendous amount of info'. Breakdowns and explanations of tactics, weapons and personnel in short article format.
"Tactical and Technical Trends" was published by the U.S. Military Intelligence Service in WWII from June 1942 to June 1945. Publication was initially biweekly, and later monthly. "Tactical and Technical Trends" covered much of the same material as the Intelligence Bulletin, although generally more in-depth. The same articles frequently appeared in both publications. WWII Tactical and Technical Trends Series, U.S. Military Intelligence Service (Lone Sentry)

Someone mentioned Japanese machine guns, this from the Sept. 24, 1942 issue;

In all their campaigns in the Far East, particularly in the close-in fighting of the jungle, the Japanese have relied heavily on the automatic fire of their light and heavy machine guns. The following table gives available figures on the performance of these guns. Types 92 and 96 are the latest.

[TABLE]
[TR]
[TD]Type[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Total Weight[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Weight without Mounting[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Maximum Range[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Effective Range[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Length Overall[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Length of Barrel[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]6.5-mm LMG
"Taisho 11"
(1922 Model)
(Nambu)[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]22.4 lbs[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]43.5 in[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]19.1 in[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]6.5-mm LMG
"Type 96"
(1936 Model)[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Without magazine or telescope, 19.14 lbs[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]1,640 yds[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]41.26 in[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]21.65 in[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]6.5-mm Hv MG
"Taisho 3"
(1914 Model)[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]127 lbs[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]67 lbs[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]2,400 yds[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]6.5-mm Hv MG
"Taisho 3"
(1914 Model)[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]127 lbs[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]67 lbs[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]2,400 yds[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]7.7-mm Hv MG
"Type 92"
(1932 Model)[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]122.1 lbs[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]61.6 lbs[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]2,952 yds[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]875 yds[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]43 in[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]25 in[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]12.7-mm Hv MG
"Arisaka 90"
(1930 Model)[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]187.3 lbs[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]88.1 lbs[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]3,280 yds[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]



[TABLE]
[TR]
[TD]Type[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Max. Rate of Fire[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Practical Rate of Fire[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Type of Feed[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Magazine or Belt Capacity[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Remarks[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]6.5-mm LMG
"Taisho 11"
(1922 Model)
(Nambu)[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]800 rpm[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Hopper and clips[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Hopper contains 6 clips of 5 rds each[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Gas-operated; fitted with bipod, tripod occasionally used.[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]6.5-mm LMG
"Type 96"
(1936 Model)[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]550 rpm[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Magazine[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]30 rds[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Gas-operated; bipod mounting; also used for AA fire; a bayonet can be fixed.[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]6.5-mm Hv MG
"Taisho 3"
(1914 Model)[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]400 rpm[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Strip[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]30 rds[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Gas-operated; tripod mounting; Hotchkiss (1914) model.[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]7.7-mm Hv MG
"Type 92"
(1932 Model)[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]500 rpm[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Strip[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]32 rds[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]The standard Hv MG; gas-operated; tripod mounting.[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]12.7-mm Hv MG
"Arisaka 90"
(1930 Model)[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]400 to 500 rpm[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]---[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Drum or belt[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Drum 25 rds
belt 250 rds[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[TD]Tripod mounting.[/TD]
[TD][/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]

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