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North Korea. Paintings, statues and ... a universal machine gun

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Machine gun ZB-26 in the exposition of the museum "Smolensk region during the Great Patriotic War". Photo by Vitaly Kuzmin


아름다운 광경을 볼 때 .'그림 같다'라고 표현하고,
아름다운 그림을 볼 때 .
윤린
At the sight of a beautiful view, they say "like a picture",
And when they see a beautiful picture, they say "like a real one."

stories about weapons. I'll start with the fact that fate, by some miracle, at one time (in my youth) sent me an album of photographs from ... North Korea! There were many photographs such as: “Comrade Kim Il Sung personally leads the poultry houses of the advanced economy ...”, “Brave fighter ... studies the ideas of Juche”, “Glorious commander of Pehtu Mountain”, in general, there were many funny pictures.

But what surprised and really shocked me was their North Korean battle painting and sculpture. Skillfully drawn and cast from metal sculptures, full of dynamism and expression, and weapons were just as accurately shown in them. From the pictures it was possible to study it at all history. First of all, I was struck by the number of ZB-26 machine guns shown in the pictures.

No, the Japanese machine guns "Hotchkiss" and "Type 11" were also present there, but the "Czechs" dominated, which indicates their real contribution to the war with the Japanese. But among the monumental compositions, our PPSh, AK-47, DP-27, hand grenades, rifles of various types are shown exceptionally realistically. Go, look at the monument and ... You will learn everything about the armament of the North Korean army.


Descendant machine gun ZB-26: English machine gun "Bren"

But at the same time, it is still obvious that only two countries played a major role in the development of firearms in North Korea: this is our country and Czechoslovakia. And the most interesting thing is that traces of this influence can also be traced in weapons samples created directly by North Korean specialists!

North Korea. Paintings, statues and ... a universal machine gun

What an expressive, I would say, epic canvas! Kim Il Sung holding his son...

And they also learned how to make wonderful multi-figure compositions with extremely accurate reproduction of their weapons.


Here, for example, we just see ZB vz. 26 and ... a Mauser pistol in the commander's hand - how could it be without him ?!

Yes, a number of examples of small arms developed in North Korea show us significant Czechoslovak influence, and the Type 73 machine gun is no exception. Based on the concept of the Czech 52/57 light machine gun developed in Czechoslovakia in the early 1950s. designer Vaclav Holek based on his own light machine gun ZB vz. 26 of the 1920s, the Type 73 can use both magazines and tapes (although, of course, not at the same time, of course). It is essentially a copy of the Soviet PK machine gun, but with a modified upper receiver cover to accept 30-round box magazines.


And here you can even see the characteristic zigzag stitching on the uniforms of North Korean soldiers, and there is a whole arsenal as a weapon, including anti-tank grenades!

Among the unique features of this machine gun is also a barrel sleeve with a flame arrester, which is mounted directly under the barrel when not in use, and a special sight that serves to fire a rifle grenade. That is, if you shoot cartridges, then a “tube” is put on the barrel with holes for the exit of gases at the end. But if you need to fire a rifle grenade from this machine gun, then this sleeve is removed, fastened under the barrel behind the bipod, and the grenade itself is put on the barrel.


And here, from the DP-27, they even shoot at planes! This is the degree of realism their sculptors have reached. Indeed, this is exactly what happened, although not often. Do we have a monument in the country where its use in this capacity would be shown? Not! But in North Korea - it is!

Introduced into service in 1973, the Type 73 was only used for about 10 years before being replaced by the Type 82, a near copy of the Soviet PKM. But Type 73 appeared in a number of countries in Africa and Asia. In particular, it was supplied to Iran during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s. Today, it still continues to be used by a number of illegal military groups.


"Type 73" on the teachings of the North Korean army

That is why there has also recently been an increased interest in North Korean weapons. Moreover, experts note that the small arms of this country are of very good quality. That is, something, and the North Koreans have learned how to make weapons.


Its immediate predecessor: the Czech machine gun ZB vz. 52/57 powered by the store. What an unusual trigger he has. Also double, for two firing modes

Nevertheless, the North Korean machine gun "Type 73" can rightfully be attributed to the most obscure mass-produced samples of automatic weapons in the world. Most of the firearms of the pro-Soviet countries have ceased to be so secret after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but North Korean firearms are still shrouded in mystery. North Korean propaganda films occasionally featured blurry pictures of a Type 73 machine gun being carried by soldiers, but no details were given about it. He was also seen in photographs taken by South Korean or American soldiers in the border zone of the 37th parallel.


ZB vz. 52/57 with tape feed

By the way, one of the reasons for the low popularity of North Korean weapons is that they do not have ... printed manuals. Gunsmiths or mechanics must learn, so to speak, by eye and memorize everything, and if someone really wants to have some kind of manual that can be referred to, he will have to write it by hand, copying from the same manual from his immediate chief. These manuals are one of a kind and very difficult to obtain from North Korea.


Soldiers of the Czech army and a machine gun ZB vz. 52/57

Refugees who flee North Korea through China have interesting information, but there are some specific problems with it. Because of the rules of absolute secrecy that exist there, even people with military experience usually do not know what is happening in, say, another unit and even what it is armed with. In addition, even those who escape very often repeat typical North Korean propaganda.

For example, the South Koreans have already learned that if you believe all the stories of refugees from the North, it turns out that North Korea is the country with the strongest army in the world and with enough weapons to destroy the rest of the armies of the world. It would be reckless not to consider the North Korean armed forces and their special forces well-trained and representing a real regional force. And they also have excellent small arms for their units, and there is also a covert export of them abroad.


The right side of the receiver "Type 73". The similarity with the PKM receiver is obvious. The store, in turn, is very similar to the store of the English Vickers-Berthier machine gun in .303 caliber. The handle on the barrel for carrying and changing it and the tube under the barrel, on which the sleeve with the muzzle brake is attached, are clearly visible.

Under such conditions, it is very difficult to find reliable information about the Type 73 machine gun, so even the South Korean army has only one sample of it. Another was captured from insurgents in Iraq. The South Koreans do not disclose how they got it, but there is speculation that after a severe flood in the north, the corpse of a North Korean soldier with this Type 73 machine gun on his belt could be found south of the demilitarized zone.

But they still managed to study it. And it turned out that he has a number of interesting features. Firstly, the Type 73 is externally based on the design of the Russian PKM machine gun, which is not surprising; but it uses a dual ammo feed system and can either be loaded with a magazine from above or loaded with a metal belt fed from a box under the machine gun. And this is very strange, since it uses old Soviet high-power cartridges 7,62x54R, not 7,62x39. This means that it must use its own special 30-round magazine, and not the AK-47 magazine (in this case, it would be North Korean "Type 58" or 68 assault rifles). While the Type 73 can be used as a magazine-fed machine gun, its shooter cannot use the magazines of his fellow riflemen with submachine guns.


Left view of the Type 73 receiver. The cartridge case ejection hole cover and the cartridge ejection hole cover (lower part of the receiver) are visible, as well as the upper receiver cover hinge. Above him is a universal sight

With a weight of more than 10 kg and the use of a powerful rifle cartridge, with its quick-change barrel, the Type 73 is also technically close to the GPMG machine gun and, on the contrary, is far from the Russian RPD or MINIMI / M249. South Korean military intelligence suggests that the use of a larger rifle cartridge in this machine gun is considered a response to the American M60, which is used by the armed forces of the United States and South Korea in the conflict zone. The fact is that North Korean analysts have carefully studied the experience of the Vietnam War. But nevertheless, we can only guess about the reasons for creating just such a machine gun with a complex interchangeable feed system.


There he is - a machine gun of the DPRK army, designed on the principle of "two in one" - "Type 73". Photo: sadedefensejournal.com

It is clear that 100 rounds in a box for a PC or PKM have a solid weight, and a magazine for 30 rounds significantly reduces it. Be that as it may, analysts from the South Korean army believe that the shooter from this machine gun will first move with a 30-round magazine inserted in order to immediately open fire from it if necessary. But then he can already take a more comfortable position for shooting and put tape feed on the machine gun, which will allow him to fire for a long time. This point of view on the tactics of the use of this machine gun by the North Koreans is based on observations of North Korean machine gunners, who usually carry the "Type 73" with a magazine inserted on top.


A Syrian army fighter with a Type 73 machine gun at the front near Palmyra. The front of the barrel with the muzzle brake bushing installed. This sleeve is stored under the barrel. The bare barrel is used for firing grenades. Photo twitter.com/bm21_grad/status/708327954342912000

By the way, North Koreans generally love Czech weapons. So, the favorite weapon of the special services was and remains the Vz61 "Scorpion" with a silencer. The same CZ75 pistol was also copied by North Korea and is used as a regular officer's pistol. Rumor has it that the late Kim Jong Il, who was an avid collector of weapons, preferred Czech weapons, including a machine gun with a dual cartridge system, that is, the VZ52.


Marking on the cover of the receiver. Photo: sadedefensejournal.com

In any case, in 1982, a replacement was found for him - the Type 82 machine gun, in fact, a copy of the PKM, and today it is much more common in the North Korean army, while the Type 73 can be seen very rarely today. The "Type 82" has the same caliber 7,62x54R as its predecessor and is belt fed with a right hand side feed.

By the way, the first type of locally produced weapon in North Korea was the Type 49 submachine gun, manufactured in 1949. It was a licensed copy of the Soviet PPSh-41. The North Koreans used it with a 71-round drum rather than the Soviet Army's 35-round curved magazine. There is an assumption that the Great Leader Kim Il Sung considered the large-capacity drum to be very intimidating and therefore, even without taking into account its larger capacity, an important tactical advantage. The Type 49 was the main submachine gun of the North Korean army and featured on monuments so often that it has essentially become a symbol of the "communist invaders" in South Korea, just as the MP40 became a symbol of Nazi Germany due to its use in the German army.


Well, there are no weapons on this monument, opened in Pyongyang in 2012. But it's notable for being the latest of North Korea's giant monuments.

It depicts Kim Jong Il and his father Kim Il Sung on horseback. Although its height is a little less than six meters, it still lacks the grandiosity so beloved by the North Koreans, but it does not take away the bravura from it. What will become of these massive monuments remains to be seen. Perhaps if something ever changes in North Korea, it will be unceremoniously demolished, and we know such examples well. But for now, they remain - for better or worse - evidence of the same cult of one person that continues to control more than twenty million people, so far the Koreans have not yet been ill with it.
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  1. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 8 March 2022 04: 42
    +9
    And here you can even see the characteristic zigzag stitching on the uniforms of North Korean soldiers.
    This is not Tsereteli for you!

    For Shpakovsky's article, there are surprisingly few exclamation marks and meaningful ellipses. I have my doubts!... wink
    1. Lech from Android.
      Lech from Android. 8 March 2022 05: 11
      +7
      Yes smile , something Vyacheslav was drawn from the diapers of medieval knights to the machine guns of North Korea ... what
      An amazing variety ... the army and the people are stewing in their own juice there, let's not stop them from doing this.
      Hence the interesting stories about this country.
      North Korea, unlike South Korea, did not impose sanctions against our country ... after that, my sympathy for the Great Eun increased.
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 8 March 2022 05: 15
        +3
        Quote: Lech from Android.
        Yes smile, something Vyacheslav from the diapers of medieval knights was drawn to the machine guns of North Korea ...

        We must pay tribute to Vyacheslav, he translates and compiles a lot of materials about the shooter. But he understands much better in armor and all sorts of espontons, otherwise he would not write nonsense like this:
        And this is very strange, since it uses old Soviet high-power cartridges 7,62x54R, not 7,62x39. This means it should use its own dedicated 30-round magazine, not the AK-47 magazine.
        1. Ermak_Timofeich
          Ermak_Timofeich 8 March 2022 05: 35
          +3
          about the shooter, he translates and compiles a lot of materials

          And not only about the "shooter". Particularly "shocked" was an article about the suppression of the boxer uprising in China. Directly - direct quotation (cannot be called an abstract) of the book of Yanchevetsky D.G. "At the Walls of Immobile China".
          1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
            Kote Pan Kokhanka 8 March 2022 07: 08
            +5
            Quote: Ermak_Timofeich
            Particularly "shocked" was an article about the suppression of the boxer uprising in China. Directly - direct quotation (cannot be called an abstract) of the book of Yanchevetsky D.G. "At the Walls of Immobile China".

            Here I do not agree with you.
            Yanchevetsky is essentially the same Novikov-Priboy for admirers of Tsushima, or Stepanov - about Port Arthur.
            So, it is not surprising that Soviet and Russian authors went to describe the events in China, they took his works as a pivot. For example, the same Shirokorad.
            Shpakovsky, found himself in a different situation when a large volume must be cut down to a small article. Therefore, it turned out to be as close as possible to the chronological narrative of the works of the corepheus.
            Well, journalism is still a different genre than historical research.
            1. Ermak_Timofeich
              Ermak_Timofeich 8 March 2022 07: 15
              -2
              Therefore, it turned out to be as close as possible to the chronological narrative of the works of the corepheus.

              But, mind you, it was D.G. Yanchevetsky, and not A. Krasnitsky ("In the mouth of the dragon"). Both contemporaries of those events. They write about the same thing, but the view is different.
            2. kalibr
              8 March 2022 08: 39
              +3
              Quote: Kote pane Kohanka
              Shpakovsky, found himself in a different situation when a large volume must be cut down to a small article.

              By the way, Vladislav. Now I think that my memory is failing me again. Because I don't remember writing about it. Found in a search engine. I looked ... But on VO I did not find an article about this with my signature. Maybe I just didn’t find it, but the “search engine” gives out only one article on VO on this topic, and it’s not mine.
          2. kalibr
            8 March 2022 08: 31
            +2
            Quote: Ermak_Timofeich
            Directly - direct quotation (cannot be called an abstract) of the book of Yanchevetsky D.G. "At the Walls of Immobile China".

            Something you are delusional, Vladimir, or simply not aware. Direct quoting or plagiarism on VO is impossible in principle. For this prosecution and a fine. All materials are checked and very carefully by the anti-plagiarism system. It is allowed to submit materials with a novelty of more than 70%. I have a higher bar for myself, less than 90% novelty and above, I don’t hand over materials at all. So forget about "direct quoting".
            1. Amateur
              Amateur 9 March 2022 11: 54
              0
              plagiarism on VO is impossible in principle

              Bravo! Some of the VO editors, unfortunately, do not know this, therefore they are listed on the Internet as being involved in this matter. Well, the number of articles without a signature and an indication of the source of citation is known to you yourself, if you not only write for VO, but also read others.
          3. kalibr
            8 March 2022 08: 36
            +3
            Quote: Ermak_Timofeich
            And not only about the "shooter". Particularly "shocked" was an article about the suppression of the boxer uprising in China.

            By the way, I never wrote about this at VO. You are confusing me with someone else.
            1. Ermak_Timofeich
              Ermak_Timofeich 8 March 2022 09: 27
              +4
              Yes, guilty. I apologize and do not judge strictly. This is an article by A. Samsonov
              1. kalibr
                8 March 2022 09: 37
                +3
                I do not judge, dear Vladimir. I just always say (and now even more so from my own experience) that our memory is imperfect. And therefore, before writing, you need to look. And then one attributed to me the grandfather of the Polish general, the other that in the novel "If Hitler took Moscow" there are "wet" (I always wanted to know why wet, why not dry?) Dreams of the victory of the Nazis over the USSR, when it is it is about our victory, despite all the difficulties, in a word, a person first writes ... thinks later. When I was young, I also had high hopes for my memory. And now here first of all I look in the search engine.
                1. Senior seaman
                  Senior seaman 8 March 2022 21: 06
                  +2
                  Quote: kalibr
                  always wanted to know why wet, why not dry?

                  This is such a hint at the allegedly existing erotic subtext. Type "Wet dreams".
                  1. kalibr
                    8 March 2022 21: 40
                    0
                    Thank you Ivan for enlightening me. But then it's ridiculous. It happens in 13-14 year olds, but at 67 it doesn't happen anymore.
                    1. Senior seaman
                      Senior seaman 8 March 2022 22: 14
                      +2
                      Uh... try to take that as a compliment :)))
                      1. kalibr
                        9 March 2022 05: 54
                        +2
                        Quote: Senior Sailor
                        try to take this as a compliment:

                        Ha! It didn't occur to me. Thanks. It's nice to do business with a smart person! But you noticed, Ivan, that some ... (words forbidden in VO and denoting anencephala) have already given me a minus for your answer, although what's wrong with that, right? Here they are anencephaly. In impotent rage, so to speak...
            2. Catfish
              Catfish 8 March 2022 16: 00
              +5
              Vyacheslav, good afternoon and best wishes! smile
              As always, I was pleased with an interesting article, for which I thank you. good

              And all the described machine guns grew from a prototype that was not accepted for service, to serve as a prototype for both the British and all other Japanese-Korean perversions in weapon design.
              An experienced Praga I-23 light machine gun, on the basis of which the vz. 26 (ZB-26)
        2. kalibr
          8 March 2022 07: 03
          +2
          Quote: Vladimir_2U
          why not write nonsense like this:

          And what is wrong?
          1. Vladimir_2U
            Vladimir_2U 8 March 2022 07: 22
            +2
            Quote: kalibr
            And what is wrong?

            The fact that the Type 73 is immediately indicated as a machine gun chambered for a rifle cartridge, and even similar in design to the PKM, and bewilderment about the impossibility of using 7,62 * 39 automatic magazines looks strange, to say the least.
            1. kalibr
              8 March 2022 07: 52
              +1
              Quote: Vladimir_2U
              to say the least.

              Say more. The more you write, the better. When I miss something, they point out to me ... and here. So I wrote everything that I can. Since the cartridge is rifle, then the store is of a different design. This is just a clarification.
              1. Vladimir_2U
                Vladimir_2U 8 March 2022 13: 12
                +3
                Quote: kalibr
                Say more

                Bewilderment about the 7,62 * 54 automatic magazine that is not suitable for a single machine gun 7,62 * 39 looks strange and even STUPID.
                1. kalibr
                  8 March 2022 13: 17
                  +2
                  Quote: Vladimir_2U
                  automatic store 7,62 * 39 looks strange and even STUPID.

                  Yes, probably.
      2. Krasnodar
        Krasnodar 8 March 2022 07: 09
        +1
        Quote: Lech from Android.
        North Korea, unlike South Korea, did not impose sanctions against our country ... after that, my sympathy for the Great Eun increased

        What sanctions, dear, can North Korea impose against us? Ban on our loans? Or an embargo on the delivery of their cars and smartphones? laughing
        Somalia, too, I am sure, has not imposed sanctions against us. And Papua New Guinea too. ))
        1. Lech from Android.
          Lech from Android. 8 March 2022 07: 13
          +2
          Some kind of Micronesia imposed sanctions against us ... why?
          Are we stepping on her heels? smile
          It still needs to be found on the world map with a magnifying glass.
          So if someone imposes sanctions against our country, this means that he is clearly a vassal of the Anglo-Saxons and is under their influence.
          That's all ... you can see where there is Washington's influence on the behavior of these countries ... and where it is not.
          Here the Anglo-Saxons believe that the more microcountries impose sanctions against Russia, the more they will intimidate us ... naive.
          1. Krasnodar
            Krasnodar 8 March 2022 07: 27
            +7
            Quote: Lech from Android.
            Some kind of Micronesia imposed sanctions against us ... why?

            Introduced. Which? laughing
            Quote: Lech from Android.
            Are we stepping on her heels?

            She always votes for those who sponsor them. For the States, Israel, etc.
            Quote: Lech from Android.
            So if someone imposes sanctions against our country, this means that he is clearly a vassal of the Anglo-Saxons and is under their influence.

            In general, yes, the question is what these sanctions are.
            Quote: Lech from Android.
            Here the Anglo-Saxons believe that the more microcountries impose sanctions against Russia, the more they will intimidate us ... naive.

            Nearby. yes Sooner or later they will have to put up with the Russians, but now even people who welcomed Western values, like me, have become embittered at them because of the unprecedented sanctions hitting the entire population.
            Therefore, we will put up on our terms. And it's better not to put up at all.
            1. kalibr
              8 March 2022 07: 56
              +3
              Quote: Krasnodar
              but now even people who welcomed Western values, like me

              You don't write like that. Many people won't understand. And it should be written like this: there are universal human values ​​that unscrupulous people, however, maliciously use in their selfish wholes. And you have always been for such values, but against these malicious people. Is not it?
              1. Krasnodar
                Krasnodar 8 March 2022 08: 52
                +10
                Greetings, Vyacheslav Olegovich! hi
                Western values ​​- a good social sphere, the presence of social lifts, investments in science and medicine, etc. etc.
                I support them.
                I do not support collective punishment. Using the population of a third world country to ram a geopolitical adversary, as in the case of Ukraine, is the height of cynicism. To prevent the massacre, it was enough to sign an agreement on Ukraine's non-participation in NATO. To which she never fell.
                Well, what the hell was that done? To weaken the Russian Federation as much as possible by sacrificing the Eastern European hole, which before the Maidan was known only by a flag in the profiles of girls from porn sites? It's inhuman. Sucks.
                And why are such collective punishments (sanctions)? Are they hoping that we will overthrow Putin? Let's support it. In short, they even got me .. sad
                1. hohol95
                  hohol95 8 March 2022 13: 30
                  +2
                  Are the elevators still working?
                  "Cables" have not yet "frayed"?
                  1. Krasnodar
                    Krasnodar 8 March 2022 13: 58
                    +6
                    Quote: hohol95
                    Are the elevators still working?
                    "Cables" have not yet "frayed"?

                    Those who arrived as impoverished emigrants without connections in 20 years earn 10-15 bucks per hand. In Russia, it feels like 3-5 thousand tanks, respectively. Prices are higher by a third, approximately.
                    And these are not the most successful - just the owners of popular professions and a local tower.
                    Well, look at the same Israel - how many people from the Russian Federation are ministers, parliamentarians, etc.
                    1. hohol95
                      hohol95 8 March 2022 14: 16
                      +2
                      Besides the Promised Land, do you have examples when people from the USSR or the Russian Federation became ministers, governors of lands, states, and so on?
                      1. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 8 March 2022 15: 02
                        +4
                        No
                        But in the States there is an example of Sergey Brin and a bunch of people much smaller, worth from 40-50 million dollars. ))
                      2. hohol95
                        hohol95 8 March 2022 15: 27
                        +4
                        So with the names Ivanov, Petrov, Sidorov, no one has grown to 50 million US greenbacks ...
                        Brin, Abramovich, Miller...
                      3. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 8 March 2022 15: 42
                        +3
                        One of them with the surname Kozlov is my friend)))
                2. Bolt cutter
                  Bolt cutter 8 March 2022 16: 15
                  +3
                  Good day!
                  good social
                  It corrupts the population, and there are fewer and fewer people who want to work or do something at all. Watching this situevinu in England. So it is needed, but it should not be very good, I think.
                  1. Krasnodar
                    Krasnodar 8 March 2022 16: 47
                    +2
                    Social program - in the sense of pension and disability benefits, etc.
                    Kormi Dormoedov sucks
                    1. Bolt cutter
                      Bolt cutter 8 March 2022 16: 50
                      +5
                      disability benefits
                      I'm not exaggerating - the status of an alcoholic - gives disability and related bonuses. I knew one - I lived at the state expense in an apartment with a garden worth about 1 million and drank the allowance there. He even had a liver transplant at the state expense; in a year he would have a false wassat drank the liver and grunted.
                      In one town, where more than half of the population is on welfare, they opened a large bakery - they reported about new jobs in the newspaper. After 2 weeks, they didn’t hire a SINGLE employee - they brought Romanians sad .
                      1. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 8 March 2022 17: 00
                        +3
                        laughing
                        No, everything should be within reason.
            2. Okolotochny
              Okolotochny 8 March 2022 09: 55
              +2
              Welcomed Western values ​​.... hmm .... Welcomed all values?)))
              1. Krasnodar
                Krasnodar 8 March 2022 10: 20
                +4
                Hi! hi
                In addition to gay parades (what for children to see this, let them arrange their parades somewhere in nature), the so-called. corrective discrimination against minorities (such as people from underdeveloped countries / societies / population groups are given priority when entering universities / employment, for example) and other things like that.
                As for the first point - I am absolutely neutral about the intimate preferences of a person, just a limited circle of friends / acquaintances should know about it))
      3. Olgerd Gediminovich
        Olgerd Gediminovich 8 March 2022 13: 31
        +2
        Lech,
        Moreover, the DPRK is one of the five countries that voted on March 2 against the resolution "Aggression against Ukraine".
        The country has been under UN sanctions since 2006. But somehow he lives. Though the economy is torn to shreds. As they like to express themselves in the states.
        And in general, as it turned out, Russia has only four countries in the world, if not friendly, then like-minded countries: Belarus, North Korea, Eritrea and Syria.
        There are also no claims against Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Morocco, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela. For one reason or another, their representatives either did not want to or could not take part in the voting.
        Thank you, of course, to the abstaining countries as well. All the same, a click on the nose of the states and Europe.
        But official Belgrade voted "for" the anti-Russian resolution. This will, of course, count in the future.
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    1. kalibr
      8 March 2022 07: 35
      +3
      Quote: Usher
      But I will know the author.

      It is necessary not only to know. It is necessary to click on the signature under the article - the profile will open. It will contain over 1600 articles. You will have something to read besides this article!
  3. smart fellow
    smart fellow 8 March 2022 06: 09
    +5
    37th parallel.

    Correct 38th parallel.
    over twenty million people

    26 million is correct.
    evidence of the very cult of one person who continues to control more than twenty million people

    In North Korea, there is no control of one person, it is rather a leader or a symbol for the people. The country lives according to the concepts of wartime. Even the DMZ in the DPRK is called the front line. Under these conditions, unity of command is an important requirement. The weakness of the supreme power is tantamount to defeat. Previously (before Trump), South Korea and the United States conducted exercises in which 300 South Korean military personnel and several tens of thousands of American troops were involved at a time, with the practice of sea and airborne assaults. The Japanese Navy and the military of NATO countries and Australia also took and are taking part in the exercises. For example, the number of Russian troops involved in the operation in Ukraine is estimated by experts at 000 people.
  4. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 8 March 2022 06: 18
    +8
    Thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich.
    Very interesting and the topic is not hackneyed, not written - rewritten ten times.
    1. Lech from Android.
      Lech from Android. 8 March 2022 06: 23
      +4
      Very interesting and the topic is not hackneyed, not written

      There are many interesting topics in North Korea ... but everything is classified there ... someday this curtain will open slightly and a stream of interesting material for VO will pour out from there ... who knows, maybe we will live to see this moment.
  5. Edward Vashchenko
    Edward Vashchenko 8 March 2022 10: 41
    +6
    Vyacheslav Olegovich,
    good day.
    Today, quite by accident, wandered into the "weapon" laughing
    I read the article with great pleasure. studied the photo "Type 73", and this, and that. According to the old weapon memory, everyone was trying to fit the "magazine".
    Yes, there are strange creations of gunsmiths. Photo from Syria, probably the most adequate use of such a machine gun, without any stores.
    Just an example of the fact that the strange is the enemy of the good.
    Yours faithfully,
    hi
    1. kalibr
      8 March 2022 12: 07
      +1
      Quote: Eduard Vaschenko
      Just an example of the fact that the strange is the enemy of the good.

      How true and figuratively you noticed. Thanks!
    2. hohol95
      hohol95 8 March 2022 13: 28
      +1
      No stranger than the Soviet RP-46.
      Ability to use "disk" and "tape".
      This machine gun is more similar to the BREN, re-barreled under the Soviet cartridge. With the addition of the possibility of using a machine-gun belt.
      1. Edward Vashchenko
        Edward Vashchenko 8 March 2022 14: 25
        +2
        I am more and more "personally" familiar with PC and PCM, compared with them wink
  6. Kostadinov
    Kostadinov 8 March 2022 11: 09
    -1
    the very cult of one person that continues to control more than twenty million people, so far the Koreans have not yet been ill with it.

    The Soviet people have already "been ill" and today we see the result.
    Let the Koreans "sick" for the preservation of peace in their homeland.
  7. ycuce234-san
    ycuce234-san 8 March 2022 11: 13
    0
    Go, look at the monument and ... You will learn everything about the armament of the North Korean army.


    Architecture and sculpture are inertial things and have a time lag. All post-war monuments with weapons from the Second World War were erected years after the war. Therefore, the earliest samples like Mausers and Maxims have long been in warehouses and museums, especially since there is a good arms industry; weapons from the time of the Civil War and hereditary karamultuks were hardly in use there at the time of the manufacture of the monuments.
    There is an obvious tale about the lack of printed documentation - a simple printing technology (and it is also another interesting moment in military history) is easily accessible, and there they print passports for citizens and an innumerable number of all kinds of forms and certificates and textbooks (there is no mass illiteracy among the local population, as among modern Afghans) . They rewrote texts by hand quite recently and in Russia and now they do it, especially older people.
  8. Wildcat
    Wildcat 8 March 2022 12: 15
    +5
    hi
    "Life-giving clickbait for" I will add a couple of interesting photos.


    The photos are not mine, I immediately write about it, in the North. Korea was not. These are the results of a Yandex query "nickel-plated machine gun North Korea"
    There are "rumors" that personal shiny weapons, like these machine guns (there is also a carving on the butt sometimes), are not only ceremonial, but also a variant of the "premium" weapon in North Korea.
    1. Chief Officer Lom
      Chief Officer Lom 8 March 2022 14: 33
      +1
      A nickel-plated machine gun is something. Not photomontage? It really unmasks and it is more appropriate to see this in a home collection than in the ranks.
      1. Wildcat
        Wildcat 8 March 2022 15: 35
        +3
        Not often in the photos, but it comes across.
        See for yourself, through Yandex, offhand I came across 10 pieces.
    2. Catfish
      Catfish 8 March 2022 16: 40
      +5
      Hi hi
      I don’t know what exactly served as an example, but it turned out to be contagious. laughing
      Photo of a sentry with a "silver" AK-47.
      1. kalibr
        8 March 2022 16: 48
        +1
        Quote: Sea Cat
        but he turned out to be defensive.

        Contagious?
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 8 March 2022 17: 02
          +1
          defensive.

          A funny typo, because the sentry plays the role of "barrage". smile

          Hi, Vyacheslav! hi

          At one time in the lobby of the UDN. Lumumba, on the coffee tables, unexpectedly for everyone, very colorful magazines appeared with photographs from the "creative" life of North Korea. It is not known who brought them, because there were no Koreans at the philological faculty.
          Each photograph was accompanied by a caption like this: The Sea of ​​Blood opera based on the immortal work of the same name, or the opera Daughter of the Party, also based on an unsorted work, etc. The print was excellent, but the people laughed to the point of colic, and not only the Russians.
          Like scenes like this.
          1. kalibr
            8 March 2022 17: 19
            +1
            Greetings Konstantin! It reminded me of something related to my Korean album... but... I can't remember.
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 8 March 2022 17: 22
              +1
              Maybe this: they had the film "The Fate of a Member of the Self-Defense Squad", also in immortal art. laughing I didn't see him and I have no idea how this Member defended himself. laughing drinks
              1. kalibr
                8 March 2022 19: 29
                +1
                Konstantin! As a child, I had at home a filmstrip "The Heroine of the Chinese People Liu Hu Lan", then a wonderful filmstrip "Brave Da-Yun", then in our theater there was a performance of Chinese children carried away by a curtain to Taiwan. It turned out that his wife also saw him (they took him in class), but she does not remember the name. He remembers only the waves made by the waving strips of fabric. I remembered more... It was a very funny performance. In general, we had and still have a good theater and the Youth Theatre.

                Here it is this filmstrip.
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 8 March 2022 19: 43
                  +1
                  Oh, if you still remember Chinese films ... As we once said - "There are good films, there are bad films, and there are Chinese films." (c)))))
                  1. kalibr
                    8 March 2022 19: 57
                    0
                    I remember this movie too, but not well.
          2. Chief Officer Lom
            Chief Officer Lom 8 March 2022 17: 21
            +2
            And for me it's good. They roared from lack of culture. All peoples in their art glorified themselves and their way of life, no matter what it is. And only we glorify everything foreign with the corresponding consequences. Many would probably laugh and point their fingers, and looking at the fat powdered women with ships in their hair and men in camisoles with bows and wigs "to the navel."
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 8 March 2022 17: 27
              +4
              . And only we glorify everything foreign with the corresponding consequences.

              Probably, you and I saw completely different pictures, films, performances, and read different books.
              1. Chief Officer Lom
                Chief Officer Lom 8 March 2022 17: 42
                0
                Probably, you and I have seen completely different paintings, films, performances, and we have read different books.

                I watch and read a variety of films and books, although I am more familiar with performances superficially, because I don’t like them. It's just that since the time of Peter the Great, we have had a dominance of foreign art in our art, and they tried to copy their own exactly. Sometimes there was a short fashion for "Russophilia" (the word is what, it indirectly speaks of ridiculing a phenomenon that is not natural and therefore has a name). At the beginning of the Soviet regime, of course, this was out of the question, but then it again swept to "licking every visiting French hairdresser." Now, of course, this is not so striking, because Hollywood and other American media have swallowed up almost the entire world, but this happened quite recently (by historical standards).
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 8 March 2022 17: 46
                  +3
                  in our art there was a dominance of the foreign, and they tried to copy their own exactly.




                  No comment.
    3. Edward Vashchenko
      Edward Vashchenko 8 March 2022 17: 29
      +4
      Unless it’s a “premium”, in the field such a miracle will quickly become unusable, or maybe they forgot to apply an oxide coating and paint, this happens wassat
      1. Wildcat
        Wildcat 8 March 2022 18: 25
        +4
        hi
        or maybe they forgot to apply an oxide coating and paint, this happens
        "judging by the rumors", whoever does this with a weapon can be shot with a mortar.

        IMHO, shining chrome / nickel plating will hold even on the barrel with moderate shooting. But I myself have not tried this, since I have not yet been awarded accordingly. wassat

        In principle, even in the Russian Federation there are firms. who gild / silver weapons at "reasonable prices". "Galvanic miracles", IMHO, and in the North. Korea is.
  9. Ashes of Claes
    Ashes of Claes 8 March 2022 14: 46
    +10
    The level of detail is just fantastic.
    In general, the Mansudae art studio that created all these masterpieces is something. Under other conditions, she would have been in demand all over the world, and so ... mainly Botswana, Senegal, Zimbabwe ... It seems that only the Germans from Europeans entered into a contract with her to restore the Fountain of Fairy Tales in Frankfurt (according to pre-war photographs).
    There are really great artists working there.
    1. ycuce234-san
      ycuce234-san 8 March 2022 23: 28
      0
      Quote: Ashes of Klaas
      It seems that of the Europeans, only the Germans entered into a contract with her for the restoration of the Fountain of Fairy Tales in Frankfurt (according to pre-war photographs).


      It would be worth taking a closer look at the company in terms of the creation and restoration of domestic monumentalism about the events of the war years. The shared experience of the memory of heavy wars should contribute to the creation of a quality product. Yes, and domestic sculptors will compete, without which they have degraded to unforgettable "Alyonok".
  10. Olrov2010
    Olrov2010 8 March 2022 15: 37
    +7
    North Koreans are people of iron I saw how they work Glory to the people of North Korea Great people
    1. kalibr
      8 March 2022 15: 53
      +1
      There is a very interesting novel about Korea and Koreans - "Clouds at Dawn" by Sakhnin A. Ya., I highly recommend reading it!
  11. Catfish
    Catfish 8 March 2022 16: 29
    +4
    Its immediate predecessor: the Czech machine gun ZB vz. 52/57 powered by the store. What an unusual trigger he has. Also double, for two firing modes

    They are not innovators here, this firing mode switching system was already used by the Germans in their MG-34.
  12. Shurik70
    Shurik70 8 March 2022 16: 37
    +1
    And what kind of red paint is on the wall, where the Maxim machine gun is in the foreground.
    It can't be vandalism. Firstly, such a vandal in North Korea will be caulked into a labor camp until the end of his days, and secondly, a monument covered in paint will simply not be allowed to be photographed.
    So what is it?
    1. kalibr
      8 March 2022 16: 51
      +1
      Quote: Shurik70
      So what is it?

      You, dear Alexander, it's time to give the Indian nickname "Vigilant Eye". But who can answer your question here? Not me.
    2. Ashes of Claes
      Ashes of Claes 8 March 2022 17: 14
      -3
      Quote: Shurik70
      And what kind of red paint is on the wall, where the Maxim machine gun is in the foreground.

      There is NO red paint there, do not invent. This is bronze.
      1. Shurik70
        Shurik70 8 March 2022 18: 19
        +3
        Quote: Ashes of Klaas
        There is NO red paint there, do not invent. This is bronze.

        Found a photo from a different angle.
        This is a DRAWN shadow of an automaton smile
        Probably, in the photo in the article, the paint has not been updated for a long time - it has unevenly faded or peeled off
  13. Chief Officer Lom
    Chief Officer Lom 8 March 2022 17: 07
    +2
    Quote: Shurik70
    So what is it?

    It is surprising. At first I thought that the chipped tile was painted over with paint, but in the second photo, albeit at an angle, it is clear that this is a drawing. Finally, having found a photo on the network of this monument, I realized that this was the shadow of a fighter with PPSh. Moreover, the photo also shows a paler "natural" shadow from the backlight.

    Unfortunately, I could not insert the full resolution, you can see it better there.
    Further, the shadow of a fighter with a machine gun is also drawn.
    1. kalibr
      8 March 2022 17: 20
      +1
      Quote: Chief Officer Lom
      this is the shadow of a fighter with PPSh.

      Horror! You need to be a spy. Nothing will be hidden!
      1. Chief Officer Lom
        Chief Officer Lom 8 March 2022 17: 48
        +3
        If I wanted to ridicule North Korea, I would say that it is the totalitarian regime that even controls that Koreans see only censored shadows. But the concept of art is different for everyone, and apparently the Koreans thought it was beautiful when the shadow is always visible at the optimal angle.
    2. Ashes of Claes
      Ashes of Claes 8 March 2022 17: 52
      -1
      Quote: Chief Officer Lom
      At first I thought that the chipped tile was painted over with paint, but in the second photo, albeit at an angle, it is clear that this is a drawing.

      This is not paint or drawing, this is a mosaic tile insert. Composition element. Above is similar.

      1. Chief Officer Lom
        Chief Officer Lom 8 March 2022 18: 09
        +2
        Doesn't matter, I think. But you must admit that in addition to the curved line, apparently depicting the tongue of a revolutionary flame, there is also an image of the shadow of an automaton. It is characteristic that there is no image of the shadow of a hand raised nearby, although its natural shadow is present. And now the shadow of the automaton is painted with paint, which is clearly visible in the photograph that caused the initial question in a different light, as well as the fact that the beam is made of tiles.
    3. 3x3zsave
      3x3zsave 8 March 2022 18: 33
      +3
      Sorry, unable to insert full resolution
      Don't even try, dude! The resource mechanism does not allow inserting illustrations larger than 5 MB. I struggle with this all the time.
      1. kalibr
        8 March 2022 19: 23
        0
        Quote: 3x3zsave
        I struggle with this all the time.

        And how I suffer with my photos ...
        1. 3x3zsave
          3x3zsave 8 March 2022 20: 10
          +1
          I know, Vyacheslav Olegovich!
          Thanks for the material! Alas, today he is not in my "favor" ... Ryzhov "shot" with a killer article!
          1. kalibr
            8 March 2022 20: 21
            +1
            Quote: 3x3zsave
            Ryzhov "shot" with a killer article!

            Yes, I really liked her too. But ... I promise to improve. Just finished an article on the uniform, some of its national elements that have become international. It turned out well. And continuation is guaranteed.
            1. 3x3zsave
              3x3zsave 8 March 2022 20: 34
              +1
              But ... I promise to improve.
              Yes, stop it, Vyacheslav Olegovich! Write what is written! After all, "my beloved Middle Ages" is by no means the only era in the history of mankind. By the way, "bronze" is no less interesting to me!
              By the way, as part of the "Unknown Wars" cycle, do you plan to tell about the Reef War?
              1. kalibr
                8 March 2022 20: 41
                +1
                Quote: 3x3zsave
                Reef War?

                Actually, Anton, there are many "unknown wars" and each is interesting in its own way. But some are more significant. So about the war with the reefs, rather no than yes. There is "ahead" and without it a lot of interesting things!!! By the way, I completely forgot: an article on one of the topics of the Middle Ages is already being moderated. And the pictures are beautiful. It's about to come out.
                1. 3x3zsave
                  3x3zsave 8 March 2022 20: 47
                  +2
                  I suppose that I will argue with you again? Well, so, on trifles... In which the devil is hidden.
                  1. kalibr
                    8 March 2022 21: 42
                    +1
                    Quote: 3x3zsave
                    I suppose that I will argue with you again?

                    We'll see. Even interesting...
                    1. 3x3zsave
                      3x3zsave 8 March 2022 21: 55
                      +2
                      I'm interested too. Unlike Valery, you objectively evaluate the current criticism.
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  14. Black Colonel
    Black Colonel 8 March 2022 21: 46
    0
    "But among the monumental compositions, our PPSh, AK-47, DP-27, hand grenades, rifles of various types are exceptionally realistic."
    Author, learn history! What AK-47s in the Korean War? For the first time, AK-47s got abroad in 1956. By the way, I didn’t see the AK-47 anywhere in the photo of Korean compositions.
    1. kalibr
      9 March 2022 07: 13
      +1
      Quote: Black Colonel
      Author, learn history!

      The fact that they are not in the photo of the given monuments does not mean that they are not on the monuments at all. I wrote that I had an album with a lot of photos. Well, I can’t search and upload ALL photos, for all types of weapons. And I know history very well. Here on VO there is a cycle "Unknown Wars". While the Second Anglo-Boer 1899-1902 is on. Wait until ... "what happens next."
  15. hohol95
    hohol95 9 March 2022 08: 21
    0
    Are the differences between the Vickers-Berthier and BREN machine gun stores so great if the store is from
    Type 73 do you "visually relate" to the first?
    And was this light machine gun used in battles on the Korean Peninsula?
    BREN was applied.
  16. gsev
    gsev 9 March 2022 12: 43
    +2
    Quote: Krasnodar
    What sanctions, dear, can North Korea impose against us?

    North Korea can supply Russia with equipment for greenhouses, metal-cutting machines, ammunition, and military equipment. In addition, she is ready to buy Russian oil and refined products, timber. North Korean builders will easily replace Turkish and Ukrainian builders. Stupidity in the form of Russian sanctions against the DPRK introduced by V.V. Putin needs to be canceled urgently.
  17. Kostadinov
    Kostadinov 10 March 2022 16: 42
    0
    Quote: Krasnodar
    What sanctions, dear, can North Korea impose against us? Ban on our loans? Or an embargo on the delivery of their cars and smartphones?

    The DPRK independently produces the very modern integrated circuits (chips) that the West included in the sanctions against Russia. In the field of microelectronics, the DPRK is at the highest world level.