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Could German infantry squads put out a greater volume of firepower than an average Allied squad?



Asked by Wyatt Williams, Last updated: May 08, 2022

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duzhan2002

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Duzhan

Answered Aug 08, 2019

That’s incorrect, the mortars are held at higher levels such as the company. By 1944, the 50mm Mortar was out of use and was replaced by heavier 81mm, and 120mm mortars. A German Infantry Squad in 1944 only had 9 men (used to be 13but was cut down by Hitler due to the lack of manpower), and was equipped with 1 MG-42 in terms of machine guns. In comparison, a US Infantry Squadhad 13 men and 3 BARs (which more than compensates for the lower rate of fire). The MG-42s high rate of fire is not a blessing due to the tendency to waste unnecessary amounts of ammunition. The whole German superior quality misconception isalso incorrect as by late war Germany was running low in rare alloys needed for Tank armor which makes it less brittle. In many cases the armor on German tanks shattered when a shell impacts it. The Germans also made cuts to the quality of their small arms to produce them faster. Heh and it said I was wrong when I clicked it.

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John Adney

John Adney

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Answered Jun 10, 2017

Because the allies, namely the us, used mass production which produce weapon in large amounts, which generally made them inferior to german weaponry, therefore the germans had better equipment.
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John Smith

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Answered Sep 22, 2016

True

German squads were equipped with MG34 light machine guns and MG40 heavy machine guns which were belt fed. Germans also carried 50 and 81mm mortars. The Allied squads carried either a bren gun magazine fed or occassionally the browning .30 caliber.
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