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History Channel: Battle for the Pacific

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The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific
BftP cover.jpg
Release Date: November 30, 2007
Developer: FUN Labs (PS2/Wii)
Cauldron HQ (X360/PS3/PC)
Publisher: Activision Value
Platforms: PC
PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Genre: First-Person Shooter

The History Channel - Battle For The Pacific is a first-person shooter published by Activision, set in the Pacific Theater of World War II. It is the sequel to History Channel: Civil War - A Nation Divided and History Channel Civil War: Secret Missions

Two versions of the game exist. The Xbox 360, PS3 and PC version was developed by Cauldron, while the PS2 and Wii version was developed by FUN Labs; aside from the name, they share no similarities with each other and are otherwise entirely distinct games. As such, they will be covered in separate sections on this article.

The following weapons appear in the video game The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific:

Xbox 360/PS3/PC version


Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 is the main sidearm throughout the game by default.

M1911A1 - 45 ACP
Cocking the hammer while drawing.
Holding the "M1911".
Looking at the empty pistol.
Pressing in a full magazine.
When the player does nothing for a long time he will swing his sidearm.

Nambu Type 14

Nambu Type 14 pistols are seen in Japanese officers' holsters, but they only use them in "last stand" after going down.

Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu

Submachine Guns

Nambu Type 100/44

The 1944 model of the Type 100 submachine gun modeled with a straight magazine instead of an accurate curved one is used by the Japanese Army in the game.

Type 100 submachine gun with magazine removed - 8x22mm Nambu
Enjoying the view of Mount Suribachi with a captured "Type 100".
Firing the submachine gun. The charging handle is in motion.
The Type 100 without a magazine during reloading.
Inserting another magazine.
Pushing back the charging handle which actually does not move forward after emptying the gun.

Thompson M1A1

The M1A1 Thompson is the standard submachine gun of the U.S Marine Corps. The in-game model is equipped with a 30-round magazine which only includes 20 bullets.

M1A1 Thompson - 45 ACP
Holding the "Thompson M1" in the trenches of Iwo Jima.
Taking the empty magazine...
...and exchanging it with a new one to which he gives a blow.
Moving the charging handle.
The third person model. Note the long 30-round magazine.


Winchester M1897

The Winchester Model 1897 shotgun is first given to you at Guadalcanal. It is a very powerful short-range weapon that will take out any enemy with a few shots.

Winchester Model 1897 - 12 gauge
Holding the "Trench gun".
Pumping the action after firing a single shot.
Filling in the tube magazine with loose shells.
Completing the reload by pumping the action.
A Trench gun lying on the ground.


Arisaka Type 38/Type 99

The Arisaka Type 38 was the rifle used by the Japanese on many levels. It is a simple easy to use the rifle and surprisingly, you never see it with a bayonet. While called a Type 38 in the game, it appears to be modeled with some elements of the Type 99.

Arisaka Type 38 - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
Arisaka Type 99 - 7.7x58mm Arisaka
Holding a received "Type 38" on Guadalcanal Island.
Cycling the bolt-handle.
Placing a 5-round stripper clip on the chamber.
Sinking in the stripper clip. Like many games from this period, the Arisaka is always reloaded with a full 5-round stripper clip, with no regard for rounds still in the chamber.
The melee attack shows the bolt-handle in detail.
An Arisaka Rifle lying on the ground.

Arisaka Type 97

The scoped version of the Arisaka Type 38, the Type 97, is available in multiplayer.

Arisaka Type 97 - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand is the weapon you start out with at Corregidor. This was the main rifle in the US Marine Corps.

M1 Garand - .30-06
Holding a "M1 Garand" ín the jungle.
Getting a new 8-round en-bloc clip.
Putting in the en-clip into the chamber.
Pushing the bolt into battery.
An M1 Garand lying on the ground.

Machine Guns

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

The Browning Automatic Rifle is a rather uncommon weapon in the game.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
Holding a "BAR" during the last assault on Mount Suribachi.
Inserting a full magazine.
Charging the BAR. Note the character's fingers clipping through the charging handle.

Nambu Type 96

The Type 96 light machine gun is used by the Japanese as a portable weapon.

Nambu Type 96 - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
Holding a picked up "Type 96 LMG" during the defense of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal.
Starting the reload by moving back the magazine catch.
Removing the used magazine. Note that it still has rounds in it that are somehow stacked perpendicularly with each other.
Brandishing the empty Type 96.
Pressing in a new magazine.
Moving the charging handle.

Grenades & Explosives

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

The Mk 2 hand grenade is the standard grenade in the game.

Mk 2 hand grenade
A Mk 2 grenade in mid-air.

M15 Anti-Tank Mine

Anachronistic and out-of-place M15 anti-tank mines must be disarmed at one point in the game.

M15 Anti-Tank Mine
Midway through clearing a Japanese minefield, the protagonist is distracted from the question of why the Japanese would lay down a field of unburied American-made anti-tank landmines that haven't been invented yet to stop infantry by said mines' markings; "TM-46" is written on them, despite that being a completely different (and also anachronistic) mine.

Emplaced Weapons

Browning M1919A6

The Browning M1919A6 can be seen as a usable emplaced weapon.

M1919A6, post-WWII manufacture with conical muzzle booster - .30-06 Springfield
An M1919A6 mounted on sandbags on Wake Island.
Readying the machine gun after a black screen interrupting the gameplay for the manning animation.
Operating the Browning machine gun.

Browning M2

The Browning M2 is mainly mounted on the patrol & PT boats and is mounted in several places on Corregidor. It can also be mounted in the Wake Island level.

Browning M2HBs in M45 Quadmount mounted on M51 Multiple Machine Gun Carriage - . 50 BMG
Manning the AA gun.
Firing the gun at two flying by "Zero" fighters.

Nambu Type 96

In addition to its portable form, the Type 96 light machine gun also appears as a mounted weapon.

Nambu Type 96 - 6.5x50mm Arisaka

Type 1 47mm Anti-Tank Gun

Several Type 1 47mm anti-tank guns can be seen and destroyed through the campaign

Type 1 anti-tank gun at the US Army Museum in Honolulu - 47x285mm R
A Type 1 47mm Anti-Tank Gun seperated from its crew.
Two Anti-Tank Guns in the Philippine jungle
Rear view of the same guns.

Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Gun

Japanese Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Guns can be seen in twin mountings in several missions. These AA guns are unusable for the player.

Type 96 twin AA mounting - 25x163mm
A rear view of one Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Gun on Guadalcanal.
Another AA gun seen on a Philippine island.
The right sight in detail.

Type 97 Aircraft Machine Gun

The Type 97 aircraft machine gun can incorrectly seen mounted on the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2a Type 0 Model 11 "Zero" long-range carrier-based fighter aircraft's wing instead of in its nose.

Type 97 aircraft machine gun - 7.7x56mm R
The Type 97 Aircraft Machine Gun is seen to the left.

Type 97 Infantry Mortar

At the beginning of the first Guadalcanal mission, a Type 97 Infantry Mortar is seen.

Type 97 81-mm Infantry Mortar
Examing the abandoned Type 97 Infantry Mortar.
The left side.

Type 99 Cannon

Two Type 99 cannons are also mounted on the Mitsubishi's wings.

Type 99 Mark 2 cannon - 20x101mmRB
Standing in front a wing-mounted Type 99 Cannon-

PS2/Wii version


Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 appears, sometimes with a suppressor.

M1911A1 - 45 ACP
Player holding the Colt.
Pulling the slide.
Player equipping the Silenced Colt.
Player holding the Silenced Colt.
Player aiming the Silenced Colt.
Player reloading the Silenced Colt.
The Silenced Colt on the ground.

Nambu Type 14

Unlike the 7th gen version of the game, the Nambu Type 14 is a usable weapon in the PS2 and Wii version.

Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
Player holding the Nambu.
Player performing a melee attack with the Nambu.
Player aiming the Nambu.

Submachine Guns

Nambu Type 100

The Type 100 submachine gun appears in the game.

Type 100 submachine gun with magazine removed - 8x22mm Nambu
Holding the Type 100.
Aiming the Type 100

Thompson M1A1

The M1A1 Thompson appears as the player's starting weapon in a few stages. It appears to be the same model from Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, but with lower-quality textures.

M1A1 Thompson - 45 ACP
Holding the Thompson.
Reloading the Thompson.
Chambering the Thompson.
The Thompson on the ground.


Winchester Model 1897

The Winchester Model 1897 shotgun also appears in this version of the game.

Winchester Model 1897 - 12 gauge
Holding the "Shotgun".
Pumping the Shotgun.
The Shotgun on the ground.


Arisaka Type 44

The Arisaka Type 44 appears as the main weapon of the Japanese forces. Despite having the bayonet extended, the player character uses the buttstock when meleeing.

Arisaka Type 44 Cavalry Carbine - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
Holding the Type 44 Carbine.
Aiming the Type 44 Carbine.
Reloading the Type 44 Carbine.

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand appears in the game. Unlike the Arisaka, the player alternates between bayonet stabs and buttstroke with the weapon when performing melee attacks.

M1 Garand with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Holding the Garand.
Aiming the Garand.
Holding the Garand mid-reload; you can see the bayonet slightly.
Reloading the Garand.
The Garand on the ground; the model is pointed downards slightly meaning it usually clips into the ground.

M1903 Springfield

The M1903 Springfield is used as a sniper rifle in several missions.

M1903A4 Springfield - .30-06
Holding the Springfield.
The Springfield's scope.
Opening the Springfield's action.
Reloading the Springfield; the bullet that's inserted is ahead of the hand.
The Springfield on the ground.

Emplaced Weapons

Browning M2

The Browning M2 is found mounted in a few spots and dual M2HBs can be used on PT Boats.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG
Finding a Browning M2.
Using a Browning M2.
The side-mounted Double Browning M2's on the left/right side of the PT Boat (the front and back use the normal M2 Browning).

Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun

The Type 92 heavy machine gun appears.

Nambu Type 92 HMG - 7.7x58mm
Discovering a Type 92.
Using the Type 92.


Mk 2 Hand Grenade

The Mk 2 hand grenade is used by both the player and Japanese forces.

Mk 2 hand grenade
Holding the Mk 2 grenade.

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