Last Ditch Arisaka Question
I saw browsing for an Arisaka on GunBroker, and I came across a last ditch that supposedly was a vet bring back from Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, and the description says it still has the mum (which could support the notion of it being a battlefield pickup). But in the pictures, there is a strip of discoloration where the mum is that could mean it was partially ground post-capture, but the picture isn't close enough to get a good view of the mum. Now I know not to believe the story, and I follow the "buy the gun, not the story" rule, but this got me thinking. Did the Japanese issue last ditch (Substitute Standard) rifles to frontline combat troops? Or were they held back for the defense of the homeland or sent to "reserve" (reserve isn't the most appropriate term for the state of Japanese troops at this point in the war) troops in China, Korea, ect? I know massive amounts of surrendered Japanese arms were piled up after the surrender, and mums were ground and piled up for souvenirs for GIs going home. All input and feedback is greatly appreciated! I can post the link to the auction, which has almost two days left at this point, but I'm not sure if that's against forum rules or frowned upon. Thank you!
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