The_Challenger, on 08 November 2012 - 07:55 PM, said:
Very interesting article, Richard. Especially the commentary from General Bayerlein
regarding P-V is quite intriguing.
However, this only adds up to the argument and interesting 'what ifs' of WW2, in this case-
what if the germanshad focused on building upgraded P-IV's
and not stretching their capacity over a large 'tank tree'?
Another comment somewhat on the side to the smallarms part:
In arctic conditions, to this day one of the most reliable rifles ever built was the german Mauser.
In extreme conditions(lets say temperatures of -35C or lower) it is almost the only rifle in the world
which will fire not only consistently but 'with reasonable action on the first try' no matter what.
This is due to the immensely powerful spring and ditto heavy firing pin inside the bolt.
This fact did not pass by unnoticed by many countries operating in extremely cold/arctic conditions, and is probablyone of the reasons why my fellow team-mates and myself operated
with replicas of the Mauser bolt-actionmade at the norwegian Kongsberg weapons factory
from the mid 80's to this day with the so called NM-149 sniper rifle (picture below)
Replica is the word, because if you look at the rifle only an expert will probably recognize the Mauser
but in fact the action is virtually 100% Mauser, including bolt,lock springs etc.
To this day, if I was 19 again serving in the northern part of Norway and got to choose
between an original Mauser and most of the standard weapons several armys use today
I would pick the Mauser 10 out of 10 times because of the forementioned argument.
After over 100 years of service it is still one of the greatest rifles ever built and it could still be useful-
show me a tank with the same capacity