Re: German small arms: who had what?
- From: azb@xxxxxxxxxx (Andrew Robert Breen)
- Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 11:53:48 -0400
In article <1180448844.011821.30290@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
ThePro <pierrot.robert@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On May 28, 12:44 am, "Doug" <n...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Did the majority of German troops carry the Kar98k rifle throughout the war?
Did only the specialized units (i.e. SS or paratrooper) get better weapons
(mp44 or stg44)?
My understanding is that the Heer was more "liberal" with the
distribution of MP40 to regular troops than other armies i.e. the
submachine gun/rifle ratio was higher in the German army than others.
Some British army units were - on paper at least - SMG-heavy, either with
Sten or Thompson, but in reality there seems to have been a tendency for
individuals to lose SMGs if they got the chance to replace them with a
rifle. There are some stories to this effect in McDonald-Fraser's
"Quartered safe out here", IIRC..
Andy Breen ~ Speaking for myself, not the University of Wales
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