Which WWII squad tactic do you prefer? - Page 3

View Poll Results :Which squad tactic do you prefer?
German tactic, The machine gun as the main squad weapon 12 60.00%
American tactic, The riflemen as the main squad weapon 8 40.00%
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April 18th, 2005  
Yup same here. The russian tactic isn't the wisest but it got some sort of a job done. Its actually more like charge with lots of tanks and soldiers.
April 19th, 2005  
I agree it got the job done.

But on an equal ratio basis it wouldn't have stood a chance.

It was the Soviets numerical superiority that made it work rather than the tactic itself.
April 19th, 2005  
A foolish style of attack is not going to overwhelm a highly trained army. It takes steel to beat steel.
May 28th, 2005  
"I'm willing to bet the US infantry were the hardest opponents for the Germans to fight as far as squad level fighting went."

Only in terms of firepower distribution I would think. The US infantry squad had a much more evenly balanced firepower distribution than the British. The British Bren was slightly better for sustained fire than the BAR because of it's thirty round magazines and quick change barrel, but the firepower advantage of the M1 rifle over the bolt action SMLE really gives the overall squad firepower advantage to the US.

I think the German squad organization and tactics were the best overall but their effectiveness would only have increased exponentially if the war had continued and they had been able to largely replace the Mauser Kar 98K rifle with the MP-44 assault rifle.