Ethiopian Weapons (I)February 18 2007 at 2:18 PM
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Here it is:
Mauser C96 (may be Mauser M1932 REihenfueuer ?) - unknown quantity and caliber.
Belgian FN Mod. 24 (short rifles and carbines, unknown quantity).
Czech ZB vz. 24 7.92 mm (short rifles and carbines; unknown qty.).
German Mauser Standard Modell 1933 & 1934, 7.92 mm (about 25,000 units total).
Czech semiautomatic ZH 29 rifles (mostly for Haile Selassie´s personal guard; unknown quantity)
Finally, an amazing array of Vetterlis, Lee-Metfords, french Lebels, russian Mosin-Nagants, italian carbines (!), Mannlichers from Czechoslovakia, and so on... Impossible to figure out neither quantities nor calibers.
German Bergmann MP-35 (Unknown quantity and caliber)
Belgian FN Modele 30 light mgs, 7.92 mm (about 175 units; BAR-type)
Czech ZB vz. 30 light mgs, 7.92 mm (about 450 units; excellent mgs.)
Hotchkiss Model 1914 heavy machine guns (unknown quantity, unknown caliber)
Vickers heavey machine guns (gor the seven armored trucks, just seven units confirmed).
Danish Madsen M1934 & 1935 (unknown qty; Ethiopia ordered a bunch of them, the majority not delivered due to the arms embargo).
SEMAG (oerlikon) Model 1923 AA machine guns, 20 mm (unknown quantity)
Note: Some Hotchkiss Modele 1922 lmg might have been used. Just a guess.
Next post will cover artillery, aircraft, and equipment Ethiopia anxiously sought for - but never delivered.