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    17-6-17 Garand Picture of the Day - Phillippines mid December 1941





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    Sub in the back ground were the Gato class in service at that period of time.

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    I do not recognize the MG that the ordnance officer is holding. Anyone have any ideas?

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    I was going to say from possibly a Japaneseicon aircraft as there appears to be wires going to it and part of the front gun port, were the guns on the Japanese planes fired by solenoid or like ours with compressed air.

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    It looks like the Japaneseicon version of the 12.7...but has a short barrel and jacket. Gotta love the early gear these guys are wearing.
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    Wonder if those young men survived Bataan, the death march and prison camp. How did life get those pictures out in mid December 1941?

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    I have seen the photo of the two young men before, I think in a GCAicon publication. The men were identified and if I recall, both died as POWs

    The machine gun would be too heavy to hold if 50 cal or a Japaneseicon 13mm ?

    Might be an early Browning for the P-35 or P-36 aircraft ? might also have had headspace problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13Echo View Post
    Wonder if those young men survived Bataan, the death march and prison camp. How did life get those pictures out in mid December 1941?

    The Commonwealth of the Philippines was attacked by the Empire of Japanicon on 8 December 1941 nine hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor



    Apparently the photos got out between those dates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 13Echo View Post
    How did life get those pictures out in mid December 1941?
    I would assume on on friendly/allied ships? If the Philippines was anything like Singapore there were allied ships leaving right up to almost the point of surrender. Unfortunately some ships got sunk by the Japs after departure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    I would assume on on friendly/allied ships? If the Philippines was anything like Singapore there were allied ships leaving right up to almost the point of surrender. Unfortunately some ships got sunk by the Japs after departure.
    Having read a few Philippine campaign and Bataan autobiographies, including one by a USN doctor who went from Manila to Bataan to Corregidor before being captured, I believe the answer is close to right. I'll add he was not a fan of MacArthur after it all.

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