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Soviet vs. US vs German Artillery

Discussion in 'Artillery' started by Wolfy, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. Triple C

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    Manufacturing standards for German weapons were not all that great since they had to dip into their pool of skilled workforce for troops very early on. However, Wehrmacht artillery observation capabilities and fire direction were nothing spectacular. The US Army's official histories noted with monotony that German POWs said they were impressed with the American artillery's accuracy, speed of target acquisition and profligate volume of fires. In addition, German gunners were apparently reluctant to engage in artillery duels, often ceasing fire the instant they had incoming counter-battery fire.

    The Germans also had a hodgepodge of Czech, German and Russian field guns. Most German divisions would also have relied on horses to draw artillery pieces and ammunition. So sustaining fires in the middle of an operation would have been more than a minor headache.
     
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  2. harolds

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    One thing that seems not to be mentioned in all this is that after Normandy we had total control of the air. That meant that the Western Allies could employ lots of small aircraft as spotters. The result was that if the Germans moved in daylight or anything other than totally cruddy weather, they were immediately taken under fire. German accounts of the problems these little planes caused them are numerous.
     
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  3. lwd

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    I can understand them not engaging in counter battery duals. With the speed British and US artillery could be called in a battery vs battery dual wouldn't stay that way very long with more allied guns joining in rapidly and they would be less worried about ammo supply. Add to that the aerial spotting Harolds mentions above and you get a situation where it's simply not worth it.
     
  4. Kai-Petri

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    The Germans had tap lines all over the bocage. Even if only medium or heavy mortar units if they were informed from distinct tap points or Lost contact the Germans fired into that position with force. I recall the Allied in Normandy had the worst losses due to axis mortar fire. Kph
     

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