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Choose your WW2 Combined Arms Dream Team

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  1. Aussiegoat

    Aussiegoat Member

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    Which WW2 units from the following categories would you choose to fill your all star dream team? I know it can depend on conditions, but feel free to choose them according to whichever environment they were most effective in.

    I'll kick things off:

    1. Armoured: Take your pick of Das Reich/Wiking/LSSAH - they were all terrifyingly effective.
    2. Infantry: 9th Australian Division (One of the Finnish infantry divisions would have to be my close second)
    3. Airborne: 1st FallschirmJäger Division
    4. Special forces: SAS (Mainly for their incredible Italian campaign)
    5. Artillery: I have no idea! Not my area of interest or expertise. Maybe a Nebelwerfer unit?

    And please feel free to add another category if you like.
     
  2. George Patton

    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    No comment on the others, but for Armoured I'll take US 4th Armored Division. "Name Enough"
     
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

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    Dreamy:

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    And, yeah, why not... Some other things to guard, fuel, maintain etc.
     
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    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

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    An elite team of caterers, distillers & brewers working out of 'The Combined Arms' (a pleasant leafy pub with a good sized garden) would be an essential part of my operation.
    Any idiot can be uncomfortable/sober.

    (Sorry, Aussiegoat. Been a long day. I'll get my coat now.)
     
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  6. formerjughead

    formerjughead The Cooler King

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    Pick a MEU.... any MEU.....
     
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    Are you talking paper strength, average strength, with attachments?
    If it's average strength with attachments I'd pick one of the better US infantry divisions over the German ones you mention. More armor, more infantry, better supported. My guess is more and better arty as well. I have a feeling the Commonwealth Divisions might be similar after 41 or 42.

    US and Commonwealth arty was head and shoulders above everyone elses if you are talking mobile. If not the Finn's are in the running as well.
     
  8. Aussiegoat

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    You mean a Combat Command?
     
  9. Aussiegoat

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    Good point - divisions had different complements depending on the country and year (the 9th Australian Division, for example, looked very different at El Alamein to New Guinea). Maybe just imagine each unit with the same number of men, artillery (albeit of different types), supply etc, and place them at a specific moment in time.
     
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    formerjughead The Cooler King

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    No I mean a MEU.....You do know what a MEU is....right?
     
  11. Aussiegoat

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    My point was that the MEU didn't exist in WW2.

    And god forbid if someone didn't know what an MEU was :rolleyes:
     
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    No Marines in Australia...I would forgive an Aussie not knowing.
     
  13. Aussiegoat

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    Except for the 2,500 US marines in Darwin! ;)
     
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    Cough cough...yes except those!
     
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    I'll take on the LAHSS and all comers with

    The artillery of a British Armoured division reinforced with the corps Anti tank regiment and an FOB with a couple of AGRA and an AOP squadron in support somewhere near a coastline.
    3 x batteries Sexton 25 Pdr Ram
    9 x batteries towed 25 pounder
    10 x Batteries 5.5"
    2 x Batteries 4.5"
    4 x batteries 7.2"
    4 x Batteries 155mm Long tom
    4 x batteries 3.7" HAA dual purpose
    54 x Bofors SP LAA
    12 x 20mm SP LAA
    48 x 17 pounder towed
    48 x 17 Pounder SP
    Survey to ensure common grid and meteor

    and HMS Rodney. Roberts, Ajax, Belfast, Cossack, Zulu, HMCS Algonquin

    Come and have a go if you think your hard enough.....
     
  16. Aussiegoat

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    Interesting! But not at all relevant to the thread :confused:
     
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    Any Amphibious Corps...... same pieces different name
     
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    USMCPrice Idiot at Large

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    OK.
    1st Marine Division
    2d US Armored Division
    US Army Heavy Artillery Battalion
    1st Marine Airwing (unparalleled close air support)
    USS Washington, USS Massachusetts, a couple of Essex class CV's to carry the airwing, any Brooklyn or Cleveland class light cruisers would be superior vs Ajax and Belfast), I'd go with Fletcher class DD's over Tribals or V-Class.
     

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