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william m.p. EASTERLY
I AM ANAVID STUDENT OF JAPANESE ORDNANCE AND HAVE BEEN RESEARCHING AND COLLECTING DATA FOR OVER 30 YEARS. SOME MAY REMEMBER THE COMPANY IVY ARMAMENT, WHICH I FOUNDED IN 1958 AND USED AS A BASE FOR MY COLLECTING JAPANESE MEMORABILIA. MY SPECIALTY WAS THEIR AUTOMATIC WEAPONS.

I AM IN PROCESS OF COMPILING A DEFINITIVE WORKS ON THE HISTORY OF ALL THEIR AUTOMATIC WEAPONS AND TO PRESENT IT IN BOOK FORM. I INTEND TO MAKE IT THE "MOST COMPLETE" WORKS TO BE ASSEMBLED IN A SINGLE REFERENCE. IT WILL COVER ALL THEIR RAPID FIRE GUNS OF ALL TYPES: SUBMACHINE GUNS, LIGHT AND HEAVY MACHINE GUNS FOR ALL USES BY ALL SERVICES IN ALL CALIBERS.

AN OVERALL INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK CONTENT WILL SET THE SCENE OF JAPAN'S INTRODUCTION TO FIREARMS AND RAPID FIRE GUNS. IT WILL INCLUDE PRIMARY USE OF "FOREIGN" WEAPONS PRIOR TO LICENSING AND MANUFACTURING BY THE JAPANESE OF THEIR OWN ORDNANCE. WE START WITH EARLY USE OF RAPID FIRE GUNS IN THE RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR OF 1904-1905 AND CONTINUE THRU WORLD WAR II. THE READER WILL TOUR HISTORY IN ITS MAKING OF POLITICS IN THE ARMS WAR FOR JAPANESE FAVORITISM IN USE AND ADOPTION OF FOREIGN ORDNANCE. WE CONTINUE THROUGH THE STRUGGLE OF LICENSING, DUPLICATION AND IMITATING THE FOREIGN SMALL ARMS AND MANUFACTURING TO THE JAPANESE ADVANTAGE. IT WILL SIFT THRU THE POLITICAL, MILITARY AND CIVILIAN ORGANIZATIONS INTERNAL STRUGGLES TO ACCOMPLISH A BACKBONE OF A WORLD POWER. ALL FINALLY ACCOMPLISHING A GOAL OF THE MILITARY FOR DOMINATION WITH THE HELP OF THE AUTOMATIC WEAPON, A VITAL PART OF ITS ARSENAL.

THE WORKS WILL INCLUDE LISTINGS OF MILITARY AND CIVILIAN MANUFACTURING ORGANIZATIONS ALONG WITH EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS, CHANGES/VARIATIONS AND PRODUCTION QUANTITIES.

 
 
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