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its also my understanding that the germans made the MG the focus of squad doctrine..they understood that a crew served weapon performed better under combat stress becuase you had a partner to "help you" pull the trigger..the remainder of the squad besides a couple to feed ammo to the MG was aligned to protect the MG,with the squad second in command in charge of this half dozen or so...on another note,about BoB,quote "elemenst of the 1st and 6th SS panzers divisions have broken through in the ardennes"DrCruel wrote:.
German soldiers weren't especially good. Their doctrine was. US tactical doctrine was terrible, and even worse in practice - Gwynne Dyer quoted a figure done by US Army researchers during WW II, that found that only 15%-25% of US soldiers in a firefight would so much as shoot their weapons, let alone engage the enemy. Of these, 9 out of ten shots were not even fired at any discernable targets - just cover fire, or to make noise. By contrast, virtually all German soldier would engage the enemy - because, instead of engaging the enemy directly like his US counterpart, a German squad-level NCO would go from man to man and direct their fire. Likewise Germans always aggressively patrolled their area, no matter how weak their manpower was; Americans rarely did. Again, an NCO issue and a matter of employed doctrine.
Just to be able to launch an offensive on the scale of the ardennes counterstroke after 5 years of war was quite an accomplishment...and they did achieve some measure of success with 5th panzer army actually reaching the Meuse.Rob S. wrote:But one thing we can't dismiss is that despite knowledge of the impending loss the Germans managed to pull off quite a fight. I believe your accusations are unfounded considering you already admit to the fighting skill of the average American GI.
With this, I heartily agree. About the only saving grace of this travesty is that I learned the words and tune of the "Panzerlied" from it!infantryscout wrote:Battle of the Bulge with Henry Fonda is the worst!!!