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Richard Lindquist

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  • Birthday 05/31/1939

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  1. Shoot them all down and sort them out on the ground.
  2. Max range of the US caliber .30 was 3,500 yards at 30 degrees elevation. Max range for the US .50 was 7,275 yards at 35 degrees elevation. Both measures using ball ammunition.
  3. No .50cal BMG in WWI. The US copied the .50 round from the German WWI TuF (Tank und Flugger) round and scaled up the .30 BMG to fire it.
  4. Up until the 1970s, the RR sections of abn, inf, and mech units were jeep mounted (sometimes the only M38A1Cs in a M151 jeep division. During the 1970s, they mech units began getting the M113 mounted RR.
  5. Thank you, guys. This was the big 8-0 meaning that I was born before Adolph marched in Poland. I haven't been poating here for a while because i got turned off by the six or seven steps needed to get past the security blocks. Now that it seems more open, I have a backlog of topics that I would like to raise and I will become a more frequent poster.
  6. In WWII, they were more valuable for resupply and bringing in reinforcements than to be used as APCs. The weapons versions were used ashore, but their thin skins made them very vulnerable. Siince you would need them for the next landing after this one, you didn't want to waste them.
  7. Simpson and Patch were quiet, but very competent. They also didn't burn thru corps and division commanders like Hodges and Bradley did. Patton gave his commanders some slack too.
  8. Hodges competes with Buckner for the title of the most mediocre US field army commander of WWII (Hodges, Patton, Clark, Krueger, Patch, Eichelberger, Simpson, and Buckner)
  9. Getting all-wheel drive vehicles into the field in quantity was hampered by a lack of high volume gear cutting machine tools. Prior to the war, it was a boutique specialty and no one had planned for quantity production. This was especially true for the "super-heavy" trucks (4 ton and up) for which there had been little planning. As a result, the CCKW were badly overloaded and mistreated trying to substitute for the heavier trucks in line haul. 2
  10. Yep, very well put. Oh, they did "improvise" quite a bit, from contracting the Seatrain to get Sherman tanks shipped to Egypt, to converting oilers to LST (albeit that was a RN suggestion). The problem arose from laying out plans based on Army specs and then having the Army change the specs after the ships (and bridges - the Engineers had the same problem) were built. So you have improvisations in order to get ZEBRA across European Baileys and head-scratching moments in order to get the T26 to fit through the LCT and LST and over the ramps. The problem was that adding propellant what have either have exacerbated or failed to solve the problems with shatter due to poor heat treatment, over-size HE cavities, and defective base-detonating fusing. Those were "solved" for the 90mm...but never got to the Tankers during the war...and were simply ignored WRT 76mm since HVAP would supposedly solve it all, which ignored slope problems and so on. The state of Army Ordnance's understanding of penetration and penetrators was pretty primitive, especially when compared to the USN, until 1944-1945. You did have the problem that the Air Force production had sucked up the supply of tungsten to make machine tools leaving little for the ground forces munitions production.
  11. I presumed that it was supposed to shoot the same 106×607mmR as the M40 RR. So no extra long case mouth and the gases have to somehow must be vented out to the rear as well. If you look at the drawing, the gases are vented out and up simialr to a Brit Burney Gun.
  12. Um, the "power train" in the M4A2 and M4A4 were brand new designs, although the engines were COTS. The "power train" in the M4A3 was completely new beginning in 1940, when Henry Ford cleverly stole the plans for the Merlin and re-engineered it. Only the "power train" in the M4 and M4A1 was "1930ies" and that was from late 1938. Meanwhile, if suspension defines age of design, doesn't that mean any vehicle with a solid axle is roughly a 2500 year old design? If the Ford GAA had not dropped by chance into the Army's lap (they only got it because the Air Corps didn't want it) the Sherman fleet would have been built out with Chrysler Multibanks which was the only engine that the Army had production allocation for. The flyers got all the radials and the Navy got all the diesels.
  13. Even in 1970 there was no pressing reason to replace the M1911A1. Very few of them got used more than 100-200 rounds a year and many even less. When the PDW program began, Sionics Corp was pushing their Ingram Model 10 Submachinegun in 9mm (auto and semiauto selector) for tankers, crew-served weapons crewmen, and company medics. They also offered the Model 10 in .45 cal. They said if needed, they could make the smaller Model 11 in 9mm Kurz (.380) as an alternative for staff officers. They had a traveling circus to sell it and I set up their demo at the Ft Lee range for our agency. After a large number of years of back and forth, the Army settled on the M9 and eventually fielded it. Rock Island, of course, wanted a full-scale development program to design a new pistol from scratch.
  14. Not unusual. Sometimes there was a mistake made and units landed on the wrong beach. Sometimes recon elements or the first wave found a beach unsuitable (for a variety of reasons) and subsequent echelons were diverted to an alternate beach.
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