A pile of surrendered rifles (interesting picture)

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  1. AlexanderA
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    These were rifles surrendered by Greek guerillas after the Varkiza Truce of February 1945. (They probably kept their better ones.)

    What a miscellany! Especially note the "sporterized" Lee-Enfield at the lower left. I also see Carcanos, Berthiers,etc.

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    There is a Browning A5 in piles on bottom right.
     
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    one man's junk....
     
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    Prove it isn't a Remington Model 11....
     
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    Savage 720. I was there and saw it. I was three months old but have an eidetic memory. LOL
     
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    At the end of just about every war that scene is played out. :(

    Stay safe.
     
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    Boy would I like to look through those.
     
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    As soon as they let them marinate out there in the lot there for another 6 months. :)
     
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    This shotgun was in a pile just like that in the spring of 1945 somewhere in Germany shortly after the war ended. My dad pulled it out, built a wooden box and mailed it home. Made in the FN factory in Belgium. Undoubtedly prior to the war. Probably sometime in the 1930's. 101_0687.JPG

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  11. AlexanderA
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    This reminds me of "gun buybacks." The people giving these up were using the opportunity to divest themselves of anything that wasn't useful to them, in hopes of upgrading. Notice that all these rifles had been stripped of their slings.

    This was the end of Round I of the Greek Civil War. Round II started a year later, and lasted 3 years.
     
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    Here is one of the lesser populated pictures after the fall of Kabul, recently. Quite a bit of Russian, US, and other countries weapons. Having been there, these images hit closer to home.
     

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    I don't know the story behind this picture, but I would love to own just one of those MP40s....

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    SMLEs, M95 Steyrs, couple Bren guns, at least one Boys Antitank rifle.
     
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    Pretty sure I spot a Garand and a M1903 in the pile too.... IMG_20220202_191950.jpg
     
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    That ain't no "Military Finish".....:D
     
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    We are probably at the end of that era now, but the stories about "What we found in Grandpa's [closet, trunk, attic, basement]" were pretty good for awhile.
     
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    In Greece? More likely Belgium Browning! What a shame.
     
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    I would have expected more Carcanos in the mix, since a couple of Italian division-sized units surrendered to the guerillas in September 1943 and turned over all their weapons to them.

    Conversely, I wouldn't expect many German weapons since the Germans withdrew in an orderly fashion in October 1944. In fact there was a secret agreement by the Allies not to attack the Germans as they withdrew.

    Lots of SMLEs, that were airdropped by the British, can be seen in the pile. But the Stens (that were also airdropped) were evidently kept by the guerillas for the next round.

    Hardly any American weapons. There was an American OSS mission to the guerillas (my late father-in-law was part of that), but the supplies were mostly from British sources. American aid really started coming in during the 1946-49 second round of the civil war, and of course it went to the Greek government and not to the guerillas.
     
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    Just below the dead center of the pic is a Lebel, laying upside down. can't miss that slabside bolt action.....
     
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    Our guys in OIF found lots of stuff like this. May be where photo is from.
     
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    ;) Sporterized :rofl:
     
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    Imagine what the European battlefields were like after WWII.

    I traveled to Greece in 1971 during the Papadopoulos dictatorship, saw some interesting weapons in the Army's hands.

    Same a year earlier in Franco Spain and Salazar Portugal, I must have been doing the dictatorship tour of Europe.

    The Spanish troops still had nazi weapons, and even helmets, and were everywhere. I felt like I was in an episode of "Mission Impossible".
     
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    It's got the magazine cutoff, so it's a Browning. ;)
     
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    Yes. Directly below that is a Berthier.
     
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