History of Guns, Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fouz)

History of Guns, Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fouz)

The 1st Division was lightly armed. Each battalion was composed of five Companies of infantry. The individual companies were armed with six antitank rifles, six Bren guns and six Vickers machine guns. Some NCOs carried hand grenades, while men going forward on duty were issued British stocks of hand grenades by senior officer of the Bahadur groups attached to each unit. Mortars were available, but Fay points out these were not available at battalion level.

(source: Fay, Peter W. (1993), The Forgotten Army: India’s Armed Struggle for Independence, 1942-1945., Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press., ISBN 0472083422.)

Polish Kb ppanc wz.35 7.92 mm anti-tank rifle used by the Polish Army in defense of Poland (September 1939).

Early Mark Bren LMG, photo from a Canadian factory

Type Light machine gun
Place of origin Czechoslovakia, United Kingdom
In service 1938-1958 (Until 1991 as L4)
Wars World War II, Korean War, Suez Crisis, Falklands War, Anti-guerilla operations in Indonesia, Gulf war, Northern Ireland, Mau Mau Uprising, 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Sino-Indian War, Indo-Pakistan Wars


Vickers machine gun
Type Medium machine gun
Place of origin Flag of the United Kingdom
In service 1912–1968
Wars World War I, World War II, Korean War
Designed 1912
Manufacturer Vickers Produced
Produced 1912–1968


2 comments so far

  1. nilotpal bhattacharyya on

    my heartiest salute to the forgotten Indian National Army

  2. Saunak Sen Gupta on

    Correction:Salute to azad hind, the name shall live on forever

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