Imperial Japanese Army sniper in the Pacific or China theater holding an Arisaka rifle with 2.5x scope. In the novels Black Sun, Red Moon and Merdeka Rising by Rory Marron, Kudo Butai sniper Pte Harada uses such a weapon, first to target British Gurkhas and then, under British command, against Javanese nationalists to save Dutch internees during the Indonesian revolution. Obviously a staged IJA promotional ‘shot’. Photo: IJA/PD


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