girls, keep it civil
The 4th Armored Division in the Encirclement of Nancy
We keep learning more that is new about the war despite 70 years passing. Much of what we thought we knew (including much of the beliefs of the wehraboos) comes from accounts of the German Generals themselves after the war. We are now learning that much of it was self-aggrandizing.
that was a very interesting read, although it did not really change my opinion:
-the american commander was far better than usual
-the germans were attacking
-quite a bit of nobz were on the german side
-fog meant lack of long range (which was the major advantage of german tanks)
-american air superiority
and only american numbers claimed by the division themselves, they might be right, but numbers from the other side would be nice
You don't get to go to war with the weapons you DESIGN. You only get to go to war with the weapons you BUILD. If you design great weapons you can't build they will fail you.
The US had a robust testing system for their designs.
its not like the germans did not test their stuff either.
as far is iam aware we are talking about the design of tanks, and purely that, not the build quality
The Chassis IS NOT the armor.
as far is iam aware the armor was structural part of the chassis, so therefore the armor is the chassis. anyway that is not the point.
the important point is why they did not change the height of the vehicle and that seems to be that changing that would have significantly slowed down production, which they did not want
to sum it all up: the sherman is definitely not an award-winning design, but it was reliable and available in large numbers, which was sufficient
GERMANY COULD NOT HAVE WON!
if they had captured the british army at dünkirchen and britain would have surrendered, then i firmly believe that a victory would have been possible. fortunately they didnt
How dare someone challenge my preconceived notions that German tankers are the most and elite and skillful human beings in the history of warfare!
the tankers that were there from the beginning were surely among the best if not the best at the end of the war, battle-hardened veterans. The new recruits on the other hand were due to fuel supply and need of soldiers undertrained. So if you go by the average then yes, you are right, if you look at the creme de la creme you are probably wrong.