Fair enough as far as carbines go. Panzerfausts and -schrecks were always more efficient than their Allied counterparts, which was not without consequence in the field. Also, there is the matter of squad-to-company level training/communications. At this time, the German army was the best organized and most well-trained army of the world. Well, we saw what the exhausted elite units from the Eastern Front could do to Allied forces when they happened to be on vacation right in the path of operation Market Garden. They proved more than a match for the elite paras, even with the element of surprise on the Allied side, though it is clear that the whole operation also was poorly planned. And to be precise, the Germans had not been losing for the last three years in 1944. Both the summers of -42 and -43 saw major German offensives that really troubled the Russians and cost the Red army much more manpower and equipment than it did the Germans - often in ratios of 3-1. Of course, the Russians had reserves and industrial power to sustain such losses. The Germans did not. And they would have been even more succesful if Hitler had not been meddling with his General's plans. It could even be argued that the blame for Stalingrad was entirely Hitler's - Manstein certainly didn't want to get bogged down in block-to-block fighting, and he also argued emphatically in favour of withdrawing from Stalingrad before the encirclement was completed, but the Fuhrer wouldn't listen. But I'd argue that the fact that the Germans could hold the Red Army at bay for as long as it did speaks volumes of the Germans' skills as fighting soldiers.