Parades of history

    I was originally alerted to the idea of this post by the recent posting of pictures from a parade in Pyongyang in which troops were shown goose stepping with bayonet affixed Model 91/30 rifles and thought to myself, just how bizarre looking it appeared in the modern age, with a comparatively modern army. Then I started looking at more pictures of North Korean parades, and they must either be getting tired of looking at AKs, or have some sort of a need to display everything in their museum armory, because everything from M3 Grease Guns to PPSH41s are on display in some sort of fashion. In addition to all their modern stuff! The whole thing reminds me of a time myself and my uncle visited a military museum in Rangoon, where the front guard had an M2 Carbine and was standing post. My uncle inquired about whether or not the poor guy should put it back in the museum.

    Guess the forward thrust position doesn't work too well with the rifle grenade mounted AKs?

    Guess the forward thrust position doesn’t work too well with the rifle grenade mounted AKs?

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    And Mosin carbines!

    And Mosin carbines!

    PPSH41s!

    PPSH41s!

    What's an honor guard without bling? On SKSs!

    What’s an honor guard without bling? On SKSs!

    Nice camouflage there guy, you must be the lead trace?

    Nice camouflage there guy, you must be the lead trace?

    That has to hurt, no way around it, these guys have to be doing some sort of crazy stretching before and after this thing.

    That has to hurt, no way around it, these guys have to be doing some sort of crazy stretching before and after this thing.

    M3 Grease Guns! Do they still work? Don't they know we'd buy those up in a heartbeat?

    M3 Grease Guns! Do they still work? Don’t they know we’d buy those up in a heartbeat? They must have only had enough for the front rank, the rest got grenades. 

    GP30s mounted

    GP30s mounted

    PPS42s! Put those things back in the museum, rust happens outside, don't you know!

    PPS42s! Put those things back in the museum, rust happens outside, don’t you know!

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    Again! With the chromed guns in the field!

    Again! With the chromed guns in the field!

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    Miles

    Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

    Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at [email protected]


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