VisKameleon

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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Some additional notes on the already included weapons: *DISCLAIMER: All which I say in this post is based on the sources that I have read/seen, so don't take them as written in stone facts, I could be wrong. FN Model 1935 Rifle I think the link to your picture might be dead, here's another one. As mentioned before by obit321 the Mauser Mle 1889/36, which was a modernized carbine version of the Mauser M1889, was also in wide use. In fact I've only seen the Model 1935 and the Model 1889/36 mentioned in 1930's dated Army manuals. Also the rifle's calibre in the Belgian army is 7,65x53mm Mauser (Aka Argentine aka Belgian). Pieper Bayard mle 1934 According to the Infantry Equipment List of January 1940 the Belgian Army used these, chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum. They were issued with 6 32-round box magazines. Also: the picture in the OP is incorrect. The picture used in the OP is of a Bergmann MP-18/i, while the Pieper Bayard was a copy of the Bergmann MP-28/II. (See spoiler) M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle I haven't found any source on the use of the M1918 BAR with the Belgian Army. The only thing I found was Wikipedia mentioning that the BAR was used by the Belgian Army, and when chekcing the citation it cleary states that the Belgian Army used their own Mle 1930 variant of the BAR. Browing Hi-Power The Belgian designation of this pistol was 'FN Grande Puissance' (more commonly known as just 'GP'). They were issued with 3 13-round box magazines, and sometimes with a wood stock. Also: the picture in the OP is incorrect. The picture used in the OP is an Inglis No.2 Mk.I (Canadian licensed copy with a different rear sight). The Belgian issue pistols during WW2 had wood grips and either a tangent rear sight or a simple fixed sight. (See spoiler) Browning M1922 The picture is incorrect. But extremely interesting. It looks to me like a M1910 frame with an M1922 slide on it, which is possible I think since the M1922 slides were just M1910 slides which were extended with that weird nose cap. However, the M1922's had a different frame which held a larger magazine (9 instead of 7 7,65x17mmBr rounds) (See spoiler) FN M1910 Both the M1910 and M1922 were used in 7,65x17mmBR (.32 ACP) by the Belgian Army. Sources: http://www.abbl1940.be/ABBL1940files/ABBLbasisframeset.htm http://www.abbl1940.be/ABBL1940files/Uitrusting/reglement uitrusting voetvolk/MicieNLscrollbar.htm http://www.littlegun.be/ Robert H. Hodgers Jr., The Browing Automatic Rifle (Osprey Publishing, 2012) Ministerie van Landsverdediging - Generale Staf van het Leger, Marsch- en gevechtsuitrusting van de Militairen der Fusilierscompagnie (Brussels, 1940)
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Additional helmets (Helmet 'camos'): Adrian M1931 Helmet (Brown): Adrian M1931 Helmet (Grey): Adrian M1931 Helmet (Black): (Used by the Rijkswacht, some kind of Military Police units) Adrian Helmet Tan canvas cover: Source: http://www.abbl1940.be/ABBL1940files/ABBLbasisframeset.htm
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Additional Uniforms ('Camos'): Yellow work vest: Model 1917/35 Vest (Brown): Model 1928 Vest: (Older model, but still in wide use during WW2 due to uniform shortages) (Same color as 1928/35 vest) NCO and CO Model 1935 Vests: (Field green) Infanteriecapotejas: (Infantry trech coat) Officierscapotejas: (Officers trench coat)
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Uniforms: Universal: Adrian M1931 Helmet: Boots: Infantry: Model 1928/35 Uniform (Tan): Model 1935 Uniform (Field Green): Medic: Medics wore the normal army uniform, but with a medic armband. Medic helmets also existed, but afaik they were only used by civilian Red Cross units during the war. Armband: Helmet: Example of a combat medic: Pilot: Belgian attire: (From 1915, I was unable to find more recent uniforms) British attire: (As used by the No. 350 Fighter Squadron, aka the 'Belgian Squadron' of the Free Belgian Forces in Britain) Paratrooper: 5th Special Air Service uniform: Tanker: Overalls: Leather vest: Recon: Reconaissance units used normal infantry uniforms. It was not uncommon for them to wear the leather vest as shown in the 'Tanker' class while riding their motorcycle. General: Sources: http://www.abbl1940.be/ABBL1940files/ABBLbasisframeset.htm https://www.hangarflying.eu/2017/02/luchtoorlog-in-de-ijzertoren/ https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Belgium https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5th_Special_Air_Service
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    APC's: M3A1 Halftrack: (Used by Brigade Piron) Universal Carrier: (Used by Brigade Piron)
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Armored vehicles: T17E1 Staghound: (Used by Brigade Piron) Daimler Armored Car Mk.II: (Used by Brigade Piron)
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Motorcycles: Saroléa 38H:
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Trucks: Bedford MW: (In use with Brigade Piron)
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Terrain Vehicles: Daimler Dingo: (In use with the Brigade Piron) (Similar use as the T-20 Komsomolets)
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Medium Fighter planes: Renard R.38: (Tier 1) Renard R.36: (Tier 2)
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Mortars: Lance Grenades de 50mm DBT; Stokes Mortar: Sources: Wikipedia; Imperial War Museum; www.littlegun.be
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Anti-aircraft weapons: Hotchkiss Mle 1929 (13,2mm): Bofors 40mm: Sources: Wikipedia; Ronge, Lt. Col Marcel A., Fortissimi Sunt Belgae (Belgian Information Center, New York, 1941)
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Anti-tank weapons: While the Belgian Army did not have any hand-held anti-tank weapons aside from the Boys Antitank Rifle redesignated 'Fusil Antichar Boys Mark 1', the Free Belgian Forces of the Brigade Piron and the No. 10 Commando used the British PIAT rocket launcher. They propably used the S.T. Grenade No. 74 as well. PIAT: Source: Wikipedia
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    Belgium faction (Updated Frequently)

    Field gears: O.I.P. Gand AB Type 2 6x40 Binoculars: 'Vierhoeksverband' (Fist aid kit): Verbandtas Model 1921 (Medic Pouch): Sources: https://tedbrink.webs.com/belgian1.htm http://www.abbl1940.be/ABBL1940files/ABBLbasisframeset.htm https://18daagseveldtocht.be/artillerie/luchtdoelartillerie/2de-regiment-grondverdediging-tegen-luchtdoelen/