World War II was the most devastating war in human history. The Imperial Japanese Army fought in Asia while the Blackshirts mainly operated in Europe and Africa. Though they were on the same side, it is now to see who is the deadliest...


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Imperial Japanese Army

Weapon Type


Description References
Close-range Nambu pistol
  • Semi-automatic pistol used by the Imperial Japanese Army since 1906.
  • Used 8mm pistol round
  • Weight: 900g
  • Length: 230mm
  • Barrel length: 117mm
Medium-range Type 100 submachine gun
  • Introduced in 1942, the Type 100 was Japan's first submachine gun.
  • It had additional protection to prevent corrosion in South East Asian jungles.
  • It used 8mm pistol rounds
  • 30 round magazine cartridge
  • Weight: 3.8kg
  • Length: 890mm
  • Barrel length: 228mm.
  • Stoppages and other malfunctions were common in the battlefield.
Long-range Type 99 Arisaka rifle
  • The Type 99 was one of the best bolt-action rifles in World War II.
  • Weight: 3.7kg
  • Length:1120mm long
  • Barrel Length: 657mm
  • 5 round box internal magazine for 7.7x58mm Arisaka.
  • Bayonets are commonly attached.
Special Type 99 light machine gun
  • The Type 99 is a versatile light machine gun used in the IJA since 1939.
  • 700 rounds per minute
  • 7.7x58mm Arisaka rounds were used with 30 rounds magazines
  • Weight: 10.4kg
  • Length: 1181mm
  • Barrel Lengh: 550mm
Explosive Type 97 hand grenade
  • The Type 97 hand grenade was issued to all Japanese infantry.
  • Filled with TNT weighing 65g and weighed 0.45kg
  • It lacked an automatic ignition sequence and the blast was weaker than allied grenades.


The Imperial Japanese Army fought the National Revolutionary Army, Chinese Communist Party. Red Army, Dutch Army, US Army, US Marine Corps and various resistances as of 1943


The Imperial Japanese Army's morale is not easy to break, earning the fear of Allied soldiers as to the point of not being human at all.


Weapon Type Weapon Description References
Close-range Beretta M1935 pistol
  • The Beretta was based on the design of the Walther pistols from Germany.
  • The pistol has reliable feeding and was easy to maintain due to few parts.
  • 7.65x17mm Browning SR (.32 ACP) cartridge was used.
  • It was blowback action and muzzle velocity was 282m/s
  • Pistol has a short effective range and the reloading is slow.
  • Cartridge can take 8 rounds
Medium-range Beretta Model 38 submachine gun
  • The Beretta Model 38 was an extremely effective submachine gun.
  • Weight: 4.2kg
  • Length: 946mm Barrel Length 315mm
  • 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge used with 10, 20, 30 or 40 round magazines.
  • Rate of fire was 600 rounds per minute.
  • Blowback action.
  • It had a semi-automatic and automatic feature.
Long-range Carcano rifle
  • The Carcano was the standard rifle for Italy during World War II.
  • 6 round internal magazine for 6.5x52mm Mannlicher-Carcano rounds.
  • Weight: 3.4kg
  • Length: 1055mm
  • Barrel Length: 540mm
  • Known for being very accurate.
Special Breda 30 light machine gun
  • The Breda 30 was a poorly designed light machine gun as it was prone to dust and debris.
  • 6.5x52mm Mannlicher-Carcano rounds fed through stripper clips.
  • Weight: 10.6kg
  • Length: 1230mm
  • Barrel Length 450mm
  • Fired 500 rounds per minute.
Explosive Model 35 "Red Devil" hand grenade
  • The Model 35 was Italy's hand grenade during World War II.
  • Weighed 150 kg with TNT used.
  • The grenade would have to be in the air for some time to explode properly.


Blackshirts has engaged the British Army, Free French Forces and various militias as of 1943


The Blackshirts are the right-hand of Benito Mussolini and their methods are brutal. They will be a formidable foe for the Japanese.


The following X-Factors should be considered in the fight alongside the weapons both warriors are using:

  • Psychological Warfare
  • Strategy
  • Combat Experience
  • Endurance
  • Intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Brutality

The Battle

In an alternate version of World War II, Imperial Japan has joined the Allies. In the invasion of Italy, the Imperial Japanese Army is sent to support the Western Allies. In order to reach them, they will have to go through an evacuated town...

IJA: 5

BlackShirts: 5

A five-man squad of the Japanese Army enter the abandoned town of Sangue. Going through the town was the only way to reach the Western Allies in time to rendevous for the attack on Rome. However, they did not know that they were not alone in the eerily quiet town.

The Blackshirts were scattered around the town. They were under orders to decimate the enemy that dares to cross the town to Rome. So far they have eliminated a British and an American squad by using the town to their advantage. There are blackshirts hiding in the buildings and a sniper armed with a Caracano near the entrance.

A Japanese soldier's head exploded from a shot from the sniper. The rest of the squad immediately scattered to prevent themselves from being the next prey.

IJA: 4

As a Japanese soldier ran through a narrow street, another blackshirt appeared with the Model 38 submachine gun. The Japanese soldier attempted to fire but the gun was jammed at a horrible timing. A barrage of bullets from the Model 38 was the last thing he saw...

IJA: 3

A Japanese soldier carrying the Type 99 light machine gun realised that he has to move to higher ground. He entered a building and proceeded to climb up the stairs. Meanwhile, the sniper realised that his location is compromised  The Japanese soldier can reach the highest level, the sniper had him on sight and fired his Carcano. The Japanese soldier was quick enough to cover himself from the line of sight. He got out his Type 97 Hand Grenade and threw it to the sniper's floor. The grenade detonated under the sniper and the body fell down to the ground floor. With the threat gone, the Japanese soldier reached the top of the building, starting to mantle his light machine gun to aim at the town's centre identified by a fountain.

Blackshirts: 4

Another Japanese soldier was still running away from the sniper. He ran through a small passageway that 2 Blackshirts were hiding in. The leading blackshirt ordered his subordinate to prepare the Breda 30 while he fights the Japanese soldier in case he is killed. The blackshirt charged at him with his bayonet-attached Carcano but his attempt to thrust the heart was averted by the Arisaka. The Japanese soldier stabbed the blackshirt's neck with his rifle in return. Before he could run off, the other blackshirt was able to set up the light machine gun in time to kill him shortly after.

Blackshirts: 3

IJA: 2

The Japanese sergeant knew that he was safe from the sniper. He entered a house but he left the door open. The submachine gun wielding Blackshirt saw the door was opened and suspected that a Japanese was inside. He activated his grenade and threw it through the window. The Japanese sergeant saw the red Italian grenade immediately threw it back to it's sender before it could blow up in his face.

Blackshirts: 2

The Japanese sergeant moved towards the centre of the town. The blackshirt machine gunner saw him walking through the alley and attempted to fire but the Breda 30 was jammed. He saw the Japanese cautiously walking away and used the opportunity to recover his fallen comrade's Carcano. He attempted to attack from behind but he was quickly shot down from the sergeant's Nambu.

Blackshirts: 1

the blackshirt sergeant hid in the building near the town centre. He saw the Japanese sergeant running towards the town centre. He slammed the door at the Japanese to stun him long enough to shoot him. The Japanese was stunned only for a short time and punched the Italian in the eye. The two sergeants were immediately engaged in a fist fight with neither of them able to land a blow. The fight took them to the centre of the town and they attempted to wrestle each other into the fountain. The Japanese sergeant was kicked in the groin and pushed into the fountain. The Blackshirt got out his Beretta M1935 and shot him on the spot with the fountain's water changing to blood.

IJA: 1

The Japanese machine gunner witnessed his sergeant's death from the roof. He fired the light machine gun in rage.   Though the bullets were flying randomly, one was able to hit the blackshirt in the heart and push him into the water.

Blackshirts: 0

Tha Japanese machine gunner ran to the fountain to make sure the blackshirt was dead. After the confirmation that he was dead, he shouted "Tennoheika Banzai!" to the air. The warcry was heard all over the town.

WINNER: Imperial Japanese Army

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