IT sure looks like it, top cover bowed and bottom plate split??How about the Browning sitting on top of the trailer? Is the LSP peeled off or is that my imagination? Looks like a trailer for a 1/4 ton jeep which was not uncommon at the time, they used what they had to get by.
Heres whats REALLY happening in that picture:Wow! That must have taken a near-direct mortar shell!
Not even a full case rupture and out-of-battery explosion would do that kind of damage.Yea - that Browning looks like it was blown from inside - not a mortar hit or some such. I find it interesting to look at the back story in photos like this - Great picture -
Same here with my OOB (Turk 8mm) that just broke the extractor, bent the topcover and feed lever, and drew blood (case shrapnel). I have heard of warped sideplates but have never seen that happen.I would agree- but it still looks like it was blown from the inside out, not outside in- I have had a few "out of battery" evens as well. No where near that level of damage.
I would have to agree this thing took one hell of a hit to peel it apart like that. Looking closely I do believe the bottom plate is split down the middle so if someone was behind it I am sure it didn't end well.It was definitely external. Nothing is back there but the massive bolt. It was hit right rear by a big explosion. Jap grenades were relatively low power so probably mortar or artillery.
And it was probably manned.