Thanks. I think we chatted about the provenance of the Mausers in that Shanghai order once. I think it possible that they may have been obtained from the trade since the C96 was so common in China at that time, but absent more documentation who really knows. As to their use by Aux units, maybe the guns in question were personal possessions, but you'd need to correspond with Clarke about that. As I noted in a previous post, the Palestine Settlement Police seem to have had some. Quite a few Colt Hammerless .32s (M1903) were sent to the UK if I recall. I didn't know SOE got any. Many years ago I read a hardback illustrated book about British airborne forces, the kind of thing what was around a lot in the 70s.This book stated that some .32 Colt '03s went to the airborne, but I don't know if that's true or not.