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The Machine Gun Cases

August 7 2006 at 7:36 PM
Bob Lamoreaux 

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I will attempt to post (as a PDF file) an interesting little footnote to ordnance history, if it is OK with you. I am working on a little article concerning the rebuilding of "demilitarized" Marlin, Hotchkiss, and Vickers guns between about 1938 and 1942. The Hotchkiss guns, rebarreled to 7.62-mm Russian by Van Karner Ordnance, were sold (primarily) to the Netherlands Purchasing Commission (appears to be about 435 guns). 94 may have made it to Batavia before the Japanese overwhelmed the NEI, eight guns being in transit, the ship being diverted to Australia and the guns issued to the Aussies. According to de Vries and Martens, 24 of these guns were sent to Surinam and 26 to Curacao in November 1941. Despite some speculation to the contrary, these firearms functioned reliably.

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  • yes - nuyt on Aug 7, 2006
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