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« Reply #765 on: 27-04-2014, 23:04:41 »
IIRC the Finns did that first, with sulpheric acid filled ampoules, two per bottle opposite of each other.

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« Reply #766 on: 28-04-2014, 00:04:05 »
I mean other than AT rifles, what kind of grenades, mines, explosives etc. were infantry of all armies given early in the war, because I really only know about British weapons (Hawkins, Sticky bomb, Thermos nuke, etc.) and Germans (that geballte thing with 8 grenades). I'd love to learn more about personal anti-tank weapons infantry had early in the war, issued or improvised.
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« Reply #767 on: 02-05-2014, 20:05:46 »
I was checking out the gas masks MKEK produces for the TAF and I read something that says: "the default color is black, but it can preferably be light grey."

Here are photos of the same gas mask in different colors:



So I was gonna ask; what could possibly be the reason to want gas masks in different colors? Camouflage? That sounds too exaggerated to me.

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« Reply #768 on: 02-05-2014, 20:05:57 »
Well camouflage is the initial logical option, for example you wouldn't want a black gas mask while operating in the snow. Also, considering how warm Turkey and surrounding regions can be i wouldn't want a black one in the summer either.

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« Reply #769 on: 02-05-2014, 21:05:12 »
Oh, right, black color absorbs heat! Totally forgot about that. Thanks.

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« Reply #770 on: 07-05-2014, 02:05:31 »
What exactly was the purpose of motorcycle troops?  I am reading The Foxes of the Desert by Paul Carell and he's always mentioning that "such-and-such" company has 50 motorcycles or whatever.  Did they work as mounted infantry who could drive up somewhere quickly and then dismount?  Were they just for recon and bringing around ammo and wounded?  Or did they actually drive around and attack things like in Company of Heroes or Men of War?

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« Reply #771 on: 07-05-2014, 03:05:17 »
For Commonwealth troops, motorcycles were used as dispatch messengers and occasionally as advance recce elements but only when absolutely necessary.
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« Reply #772 on: 07-05-2014, 06:05:54 »
In the German army they were either messengers or light recce meant to be a motorized version of bicycle mounted troops.  The MG some of the side car was purely for self defense if you were unable to immediately dismount, it was not meant for sustained action.  Otherwise, the motorcyclists were just supposed to ride up to the firing line, dismount, and hop back on when needed to fall back.  The tactic was subpar at best, and it was quickly dropped in favour of simply using halftracks for the mechanized recce unit role.  Part the issue was simple resources, it would take a minimum of 4 bikes to carry the 10 man early-war squad (3 max people per bike) versus one halftrack that was also protected, had superior off road, and could serve in light combat duties.

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« Reply #773 on: 07-05-2014, 22:05:54 »
Anyone who knows a good book about the M26 M46 M47 M48 and/OR m60 patton tanks?

Preferably about the M26-M48 timeline. it can also be a seperate book about a model
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« Reply #775 on: 08-05-2014, 16:05:02 »
Did the Italian Co-Belligerent Army still use their old uniforms and weapons, even in small numbers? I cannot imagine that they were all issued the No.4 rifle. Logistically it would have been easier to let them use the arms they were originally issued and ha ammunition for.

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« Reply #776 on: 08-05-2014, 16:05:28 »
I mean other than AT rifles, what kind of grenades, mines, explosives etc. were infantry of all armies given early in the war, because I really only know about British weapons (Hawkins, Sticky bomb, Thermos nuke, etc.) and Germans (that geballte thing with 8 grenades). I'd love to learn more about personal anti-tank weapons infantry had early in the war, issued or improvised.

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« Reply #777 on: 08-05-2014, 16:05:46 »
I mean other than AT rifles, what kind of grenades, mines, explosives etc. were infantry of all armies given early in the war, because I really only know about British weapons (Hawkins, Sticky bomb, Thermos nuke, etc.) and Germans (that geballte thing with 8 grenades). I'd love to learn more about personal anti-tank weapons infantry had early in the war, issued or improvised.

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« Reply #778 on: 08-05-2014, 17:05:55 »
Did the Italian Co-Belligerent Army still use their old uniforms and weapons, even in small numbers? I cannot imagine that they were all issued the No.4 rifle. Logistically it would have been easier to let them use the arms they were originally issued and ha ammunition for.

During their initial battles at monte Cassino in 1943 and 1944, yes they wore their original italian gear and used italian wePonry.  However, after monte Cassino and the decision was made to increase them to corps size, the Liberation Corp was pulled out of the line and fully reeauipped with British weaponry and uniforms, though keeping italian unit insignia and traditions, such as bersalieri feathers and such (but on british helmets).  It was mostly a supply issue, it was too much of a pain for the allies to have to supply italian weapons and ammo and such to a small formation, so reeauipping them as they grew in size would ease that.

Now, italian units operating behind the lines, offloading munitions and such in Naples or such, continued to wear italian uniforms for the most part, though I have seen some evidence of them getting stuff like american helmets.  Also, italian generals sometimes adopted the new british uniforms, and other times continued to wear the Royal uniform.

Pardon any spelling/grammar errors, I am extremely hung over right now.


Now that I am slightly less hungover and have clambered my way to my computer, here is a good pic of the Italian Liberation Corps during the liberation of Florence, these guys being Bersaglieri.  Of interest is that they have retained their Beretta SMGs, one of the few italian weapons to make the cut after the reorganization.

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« Reply #779 on: 08-05-2014, 22:05:17 »
Thank you for the detailed reply! That answered my question perfectly. I hope you do not mind if I still ask, but could the occasional Carcano still be spotted even after the re-organisation? Again, thank you very much  :-* !