FLAMES OF WAR V4: MONGOOSE REVIEWS EVERY UNIT RELEVANT TO THE AMERICAN RIFLE COMPANY PART 3

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What is the greatest weapon of the greatest war?  The atom bomb?  The medium tank?  The assault rifle?  The jet aircraft?  No.  The greatest technological development, in my opinion, was the mortar.  Artillery and machine guns defined the previous war, and unfortunately flashier weapons overshadowed the simple grenade launching tube.  The mortar and other artillery killed more men in combat than any other weapon, vastly outstripping any other cause by most estimations.  Incidentally, a lot of these combat stats vindicate a few old scapegoats, like the venerable M4, but we’ll burn that bridge when we come to it. Continue reading “FLAMES OF WAR V4: MONGOOSE REVIEWS EVERY UNIT RELEVANT TO THE AMERICAN RIFLE COMPANY PART 3”

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Flames of War v4: Mongoose Reviews Every Unit Relevant to the American Rifle Company Part 1

reload“And we have the best team—we have the finest food and equipment, the best spirit and the best men in the world.” – George Scott Patton, addressing the 3rd army prior to the D-Day attacks.

Regardless of your thoughts on the war in general, little can be said in regards to the material superiority of the American rifleman.  He went into battle ahead of a logistical machine that provided the best in food, healthcare, and small arms that could reasonably be provided to an army during the mid 20th century.  He wielded on average a better rifle than his counterparts, ate more food, and had easy access to whatever tools necessary to complete whatever was assigned to him. Continue reading “Flames of War v4: Mongoose Reviews Every Unit Relevant to the American Rifle Company Part 1”