Diagrammatic layout of the basic weapons used by a Japanese Infantry Regiment

Accession Number AWM2018.254.18
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 45.6 x 72.8 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description offset lithograph printed in colour
Maker Marcuse, Ernest Henry
6 Australian Army Topographical Survey Company (AIF)
Place made Australia
Date made January 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Australian Army instructional poster showing a diagrammatic layout of the basic weapons used by a Japanese Infantry Regiment. It was produced by the GSI First Australian Army Unit, designed by Ernest Marcuse and printed by 6 Australian Army Topo Survey Company in January 1944.

The majority of the poster is depicts members of a Japanese Infantry Regiment using a range of different weapons to engage the enemy in a jungle setting. Each depiction of the use of a weapon is number and a key across the bottom of the poster lists each weapon's details and capacity. The 11 weapons listed are (l-r) 1. "Meiji 38" 6.5mm rifle; 2. Type "97" Hand Grenade; 3. Model "14" 8 mm pistol; 4. Model "99" 7.7mm rifle; 5. Type "96" 6.4mm LMG; 6. Type "92" 7.7mm "Juki" HMG; 7. Type "89" Grenade Discharger; 8. Type "99" 81mm Mortar; 9. Type "41" Regimental Gun; 10. Type "92" 70mm Battalion Gun and 11. Type "94" 37mm TK/A Gun.

Ernest Marcuse (1900 – 1985) was a German born Jewish artist. Marcuse (V377746) served in the Australian Army, 4th Employment Company in the Second World War. During his service he was transferred to Army Officer Training School as an Army Staff Artist. He served various units including: 13th Field Hygiene Company, Officer Cadet Training Unit and Land Headquarters, Directorate of Military Training. At this time he created visual training aids and illustrations for publications. Throughout the war Marcuse was located variously at Bonegilla in 1942, followed by Woodside (SA) in 1943, Mangalore and Melbourne.