World War II Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Archive: The Senate Floor' started by Fluke_Groundwalker, Oct 30, 2001.

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  1. SirLancelot Jedi Master

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    to get this on a tangent, what do you feel are the best weapons of the war? in other words, whats your favorite small arm?

    American: M1 Garand
    Germany: STG-44


    now in saying that, the Germans had alot of different small arms.
  2. General Cargin Force Ghost

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    American - M1 Garand
    German - FG-42
    Russian - PPSh-41
    British - Sten gun
    Australian - Owen gun
  3. CmdrMitthrawnuruodo Force Ghost

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    American: BAR


    Thats all I know.
  4. Tod Jedi Master

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    Here's best weapon of WW2:

    Suomi submachine gun.

    That link will tell you everything you need to know about this legendary finnish weapon.
  5. SirLancelot Jedi Master

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    USA:
    M1 Garand: .30-06, 8 round mag, and semi auto, the best rifle of the war. acurate to 1000 yards

    BAR: One of many weapons designed by John Browning. .30-06, with a 20 round box mag. Low rate of fire (550 rpm) but extreamly acurate and powerful

    Colt 1911A1: another Browning design, .45 caliber for maximum stopping power. 7 round mag and a massive kick

    M1 Carbine: Ment to be deployed to rear line troops as a gaurd against paratroops. fired the .30 Crabine round, low stoping power and worthless beyond 300 yards

    Springfield 1903 Sniper: Only sniper rifle used. .30-06 and used for pinpoint acuracy to 1000 yards or more
  6. SirLancelot Jedi Master

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  7. General Cargin Force Ghost

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    Actually, the Springfield sniper rifle was not the only sniper rifle issued to American troops. A scoped version of the Garrand, tagged the M1C became available from early 1944, though didn't see widespread service in WW2 mainly because there were so many M1903 sniper rifles. Another reason was many soldiers don't like like to turn in their rifles and get a new one unless they really have to.

    One story I heard was about a sergeant in the 101st Airborne whose rifle had a pit in the barrel. He'd had the rifle since basic training, and was always failing inspection because of the pit, but he claimed never to have missed a shot with that rifle. He turned in the rifle after Holland or the Battle of the Bulge (can't quite remember at the moment) because he fed up with getting busted at inspection because of his rifle, and claimed that he never hit a target after that.
  8. SirLancelot Jedi Master

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    Thats true about the M1C, but it did see widespread combat in Korea. it is now a very desired collectable piece.


    as for the story of that Sargent, it pry true. he got that rifle so that it matched himself perfectly and he knew exactly where to site it. Because each rifle is different it has slightly different firing characteristics.
  9. General Cargin Force Ghost

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    IF you're interested, the sergeant in question was Sgt "Shifty" Powers of the 506th PIR, 101st Airborne. The story is re-told in Steven Ambrose's book, Band of Brothers. The funny thing was that a supposed defect actually made the rifle more accurate, which I would have thought to be more valuable than passing a parade ground inspection.
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