Hammerhead, most of the arms were obtained from police stations / vehicles, money was obtained from donations, looting British sympathisers, and govt pay trucks. There were some attempts by revolutionaries to get arms from abroad. Ref. the activities of Har Dayal in US during WW1, Rash Behari Bose in Japan / SE Asia in the
On the other hand, I have read elsewhere (don't remember the source) that Azad had a Mauser - the bolt action WW1 German officer issue type. That of course, would require a full size holster and sling due to the sheer size.
The arsenal included 8,080 Springfield rifles of Spanish-American War vintage, 2,400 Springfield carbines, 410 Hotchkiss repeating rifles, 4,000,000 cartridges, 500 Colt revolvers with 100,000 cartridges, and 250 Mauser pistols along with ammunition. The schooner Annie Larsen and the sailing ship SS Henry S were hired to ship the arms out of the United States and transfer it to the SS Maverick. The ownership of ships were hidden under a massive smokescreen involving fake companies and oil business in south-east Asia. For the arms shipment itself, a successful cover was set up to lead British agents to believe that the arms were for the warring factions of the Mexican Civil War. This ruse was successful enough that the rival Villa faction offered $15,000 to divert the shipment to a Villa-controlled port.
ngrewal wrote:Sometimes the guns were taken from family members Like Prem Khanna Kakori train robbery patriot who had his fathers Mauser broom pistol. He was caught and pistol traced and flagged because of excessive ammo also being bought against the license.
There was another Maulana Muslim leader from Aligarh who earlier in his career supplied guns ammo and money to Azad's group. Isnt it strange that Turkey has a whole town and univ named after Ram Chander Bismil..These freedom fighters are all forgotten because the subsequent Indian regimes always had their own agenda..
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