WW2 kit Best-Of

#1
As a kit/wpn anorak, this is my little personal favorite field of research. I would like your opinions on what you think was the best of each category of gear/wpn/vehicle in service during WW2, and why. My opinions on a few things:

Best bolt-action rifle - Enfield No.4 [best sights, fast action, 10rd mag, even though it does use rimmed ammo with the attendant reliability issues]
Best pistol - Browning GP35 (Hi-Power) [13rds does it for me, although I know there are many fans of the M1911, which would be my 2nd choice]
Best SMG - Thompson M1928 [although the Lanchester or MP34 rate highly in my eyes]
Best all-round personal wpn - MP43-Stg.44 series [no contest, really]
Best LMG - BREN [hell, even the Germans used the original Czech version, and the BAR is just too light & too low capacity]
Best MMG - Browning M1919A4 [more versatile than the Vickers, IMHO]
Best beltkit - the Yank stuff knocks the pants off everything else
Best uniform - again, the Yank stuff seems to be the most versatile & comfortable.

Any more for any more?

/anorak off
 
#3
Best LMG - Rhienmetall MG34. You needed to swing the Bren around to get a good spread. The main fault of the Bren was, it was just too damn accurate.

Disagree on the Thompson too - Good punch, but a maintenance whore. My father used the Owen? Swore by it, the Schmeisser was good too.

Best Hand Grenade - The German Potato Masher
 
#4
I've fired a PPSH 42 - the Burp gun - incredibly simple construction, about two working parts - superb kit.

Fairburn-Sykes knife

Most Kraut tanks

Mosquito

SS camouflage uniforms - no relationat all with Buneswehr Flecktarn... :wink:
 
#5
PartTimePongo said:
Best LMG - Rhienmetall MG34. You needed to swing the Bren around to get a good spread. The main fault of the Bren was, it was just too damn accurate.

Disagree on the Thompson too - Good punch, but a maintenance whore. My father used the Owen? Swore by it, the Schmeisser was good too.

Best Hand Grenade - The German Potato Masher
The MG34's a GPMG though - it's a bit too damn heavy in the light role. The MG42 was better, although the rate of fire is too high.

The PPSh was good too, as B_B says, although it's utterly deafening to fire without hearing protection because of the design of the compensator.
 
#6
Best uniform, dennison smock
Best boots, US jump boots
Best belt kit, Brit '44 pattern
Best tank, Panther (G).
Best APC, kangaroo (solely for protection).
 
#7
It's all coming out now... I'm reading this and imagining lots of ARRSE members sitting in their darkened bedrooms making guns out of bits of wood, with Hitler's speeches on the tape player, and muttering about 'I'll show them all - mwhahaha!' :lol:
 
#12
Best (and most stunningly beautiful) Spitfire - The XIX.
Best Fighting Spitfire the XIV

Best Multirole combat aircraft -Mosquito
Best GA/Anti-shipping - Beaufighter.

Best all round long range dogfighter -Mustang
 
#13
Even if you love the Spit with a passion, you have to admit the justice of Corelli Barnett's comments in 'The Audit of War' (which I once saw for sale in a book specialising in accountancy textbooks ...). The Messerschmit Bf 109 was a far superior weapon system, if only because of its much lower cost and greater ease of manufacture.

I'll second the Mosquito, though. And all the various models and marks of the Lee Enfield - which I have loved since being a cadet just a few years ago ...
 

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#16
PartTimePongo said:
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Swore by it, the Schmeisser was good too.

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Aaaarrrgghh !
That was the sound of a pet hate being solidly kicked in the nuts.

I take it PtP that you are referring to the MP38 and it's variants, 38/40, 40/1, 40/2 and 41.
How on earth Hugo Schmeisser's name got connected with this weapon I doubt I'll ever know, maybe it has a better ring to it than Erma ?
Yes they are good, fairly comfortable to shoot and as accurate as one could wish a sub-gun to be. I can't comment on the MP41 though as I've not tried it, but having a wooden stock & the 38 series wkg parts it should be an improvement on the range.
I twitch in a similar manner when the MG42 is described as a Spandau - which we all know to be a small cake !

Spotter mode to OFF
 
#18


Beautiful ,perfect line and symetry, poetry in motion, a symbol of all that is great about Britain , a stirring sight, instantly recognised by young and old.
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Beastly Boche Bus
 
#19
Mike_2817 said:
woody said:
Spitfire helped win battle of britain typhoon and mustang didnt .So
that what makes it best :D
More Hurricanes than Spitfires in the Battle of Britain.

Eesier and cheeper to manufacture & Repair as well!
Ye-es - but the Battle of Britain was in 1940, and the Mustang and Typhoon weren't even a gleam in designers' eyes then.

As for the Hurricane: beat the Spitfire into production and so therefore more of them....but come 1942-ish they realised the plan was 'bollox', to paraphrase Blackadder.... as they kept getting shot down. Probably a good job it was 'easier to manufacture' then...
 

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