Can you help me debunk this wehraboo historian Anonymous 2020-12-21 (Mon) 05:19:04 No. 220 [Reply]
This guy Is called nigel askey, and is apparently a legitimate historian. He published a paper debunking TIK's claim that the K/D ratio of the soviets during WW was 1/1.6, instead claiming that the soviets lost over 4 more times as many combatants as the Germansduring WW2. Here is his paper. I'm not a qualified historian and I dont have access to acrhives or time to research, so I can't debunk him.
I checked out his website and alsthough he does seem to be knowledgeable, he makes certain ridiculous claims that the "Vicors write history" in WW2, and the allies covered up how technologically and tactically inferior they were to the germans.
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За Победу Anonymous 2021-11-12 (Fri) 15:14:52 No. 8647
Italy Infantry Squad Anonymous 2021-11-12 (Fri) 15:19:59 No. 8648
This is the Italian infantry squad as resulting from the 1938 reforms of the Regio Esercito, the infamous "Pariani reforms" (from General Alberto Pariani, Chief of Staff, who authored it); a much criticized reorganization of the whole army, that basically increased the number of divisions by reducing the number of infantry regiments in each from three to one, thus critically weakening them.
On the small units level, it meant that the infantry platoon went from three 12-men riflemen squads and 3 LMGs to two 18-men squads and 4 LMGs. This was meant to streamline as much as possible the maneuver, so the riflemen squad fought together, with no planned subdivisions for more articulated operations in the field. On the infantry company level, there were no other weapons but rifles and LMGs; the light mortars and MGs were at battalion level, whereas heavy mortars and AT guns were at regimental level. In other words, the infantry was basically rich only in men, and with low fire capability, despite the theoretical ability to detach heavier weapons from the battalion or the regiment when needed. Whereas the rifle (Carcano Mod. 91) could still be considered tolerable enough despite its small 6.5 mm calibre (there is a lot of bad rep going on about it, but I feel it's exaggerated, and that, all considered, the 6.5 mm calibre for a bolt-action rifle wasn't a meaningful tactical disadvantage), the LMG was a poor weapon, but unfortunately it was the only one relatively widespread. On the other side, the heavy (8 mm) MGs were rarer, but not that rare as Kuso said; while they had a low-ish rate of fire because of the feed tray system, they were decidedly more reliable, fired a reasonably powerful bullet and were more appreciated. Too bad that there is still a legend going around that they too needed the cartridge to be oiled, which is completely false. I'll just put here that in 1940 the biggest issue of the Regio Esercito wasn't the weapons themselves, was the sheer firepower available to its units. Just compare the Italian infantry battalion (36 LMGs, 8 MGs and 18 light mortars) with a contemporary British one (22 AT rifles, 50 LMGs, 12 light and 2 heavy mortars, plus 10 Bren Carriers), and we can see why the latter could reasonably outmatch the former.
Breda-30 Anonymous 2021-11-12 (Fri) 15:29:36 No. 8649 >>8648
Often called the worst machine gun, the Breda 30 was a poor weapon indeed. The recoil operation was violent, if the magazine was damaged it became inoperable, the Breda suffered from a lot of ammunition cook-offs due to poor heat management, low rate of fire, and was very prone to stoppages. The oiling system which was used to lubricate each bullet was prone to damage, the fully-automatic feature of the weapon was almost unusable due to the aforementioned problems, and it was on par with a semi-automatic rifle in terms of realistic Rate-of-Fire. Other than its unreliability and complexity, if the 6.5 mm calibre was still tolerable for a rifle, it was unacceptable for an automatic weapon. In fact, the decision (taken too late, and reversed by 1940) to adopt the 7.35 mm calibre was taken arguably more due to the need of such bullet to have good performance for full auto weapons rather than its unsuitability or obsolescence for individual weapons (as the RE wanted to use a single calibre for all infantry weapons, reasonably so). The penetration and performance of the bullet is intermediate in terms of power compared to rifle and pistol cartridges of the time.
Forgotten Weapons video