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    Post Best Weapon of WW2?

    This is a very difficult question.

    Many would say, the atomic bomb for f***'s sake!
    Yeah well, that didn't decide a war, did it?

    So what was the best, the most effective weapon of the war?

    I would like to propose the German 88mm anti-aircraft gun.
    That sounds like an odd decision, but this gun was not only a formidable anti-aircraft gun, but also the best anti-tank gun of the entire war.
    It was a multirole weapon and the best of its fields of expertise.

    Sure, not many people would even mention this weapon, but still the effect was greater than any king tiger tank or jet fighter.

    What else do we got?

    - Pzkw. V Panther

    The best tank of the war didn't see service until 1943. Its flat shaped front repelled most of the enemy projectiles.
    Its speed, reliability and power was unmatched. Not as impressive as the Pzkw. VI and VII (Tiger and Königstiger) but much more important in terms of warfare.

    - Aircraft Carrier

    This weapon made all other naval units obsolete. Granted the needed cover, the aircraft carrier ruled the seas better than any dreadnought before in world history.
    Only flaw that it couldn't play a major role in Europe, the main theatre of the war. It was and still is the queen of the seas, but not the deciding weapon of WW2 which was decided in land- and air-warfare, not at sea.

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    Okay, what are your opinions?
    I would love to read some jet fighter or rocket proponents!
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    Post Re: Best weapon of WW2?

    The best small arm of the war was the german sturmgewehr 44, but not many were made and it was also too late in the war. The german mg 42 is still considered one of the best machine guns ever produced, and it was responsible by itself for the much greater efficiency of the german soldier.

    The best Tank was the Tiger, the original one not the kingtiger(too heavy, prone too problems). The tiger could defeat any tank in a duel, unfortubatley it most often faced 3+ shermans at once. I also would vote for the T34 of the russians because of it's simplicity which allowed it to be repaired much easier and faster than the tiger, and it was also very devastating in battle.

    I never understood why Hitler never wanted to develope a semi-automatic rifle untill the late stages of the war. So don't forget the m1 Garand it was an amazing weapon for it's time.

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    Post Re: Best weapon of WW2?

    Quote Originally Posted by nordic_canadian_male
    The best small arm of the war was the german sturmgewehr 44, but not many were made and it was also too late in the war. The german mg 42 is still considered one of the best machine guns ever produced, and it was responsible by itself for the much greater efficiency of the german soldier.

    The best Tank was the Tiger, the original one not the kingtiger(too heavy, prone too problems). The tiger could defeat any tank in a duel, unfortubatley it most often faced 3+ shermans at once. I also would vote for the T34 of the russians because of it's simplicity which allowed it to be repaired much easier and faster than the tiger, and it was also very devastating in battle.

    I never understood why Hitler never wanted to develope a semi-automatic rifle untill the late stages of the war. So don't forget the m1 Garand it was an amazing weapon for it's time.
    I agree on tiger and even on sturmgewehr 44. The last german rifles, was an example for development of kalashnikov ak 47 on soviet side, and m 16 later on american side. We can't forget u boat ( and projects for the "real" submarine, developed after by soviets). ALL german best projects were developed by others (old enemies)!!!

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    Post Re: Best weapon of WW2?

    Best weopon? That's a tough one,but i'll have to go with the MG-42.It's still in use today.
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    Post Re: Best weapon of WW2?

    Pistol:

    M1911A1: More stopping power vs. the other pistols in service during WWII.

    Rifle:

    M-1 Garand: For accuracy and volume of fire; 30-06 is definitely an awesome round.

    To quote Gen. George Patton (about the M-1 Garand), "The greatest battle implement ever devised".

    SMG:

    Ppsh-41: High rate of fire coupled with an adequately powerful cartridge.

    Machine Gun:

    MG-42: High rate of fire; barrel change function.

    Tank:

    I agree with Nibelung on the Pzkw. V Panther being the best overall tank in WWII since it was designed as the German's answer to the Soviet T-34, which was widely considered to be the best tank of the eary war period.

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    Post Re: Best weapon of WW2?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare_Gbg
    Best weopon? That's a tough one,but i'll have to go with the MG-42.It's still in use today.
    Really? Do you have an example of people still using it?

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    Post Re: Best weapon of WW2?

    T-34 and Katyusha rocket hands down. not because they were the absolute "best," but because both weapons were so cost effective, easily manufactured, and easily manned that makes up for any minor weaknesses in armor and power they might have. T-34 had a very innovative sloping armour which allowed it to absorb more damage, and both the katyusha rocket and t-34 tanks were used very effectively against the germans.

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    Post Re: Best weapon of WW2?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sin City
    Really? Do you have an example of people still using it?
    I know that the Danish army had used MG-42's until as recently as the early '80s.

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    Post Re: Best weapon of WW2?

    Quote Originally Posted by Schutzstaffelor
    T-34 had a very innovative sloping armour which allowed it to absorb more damage
    Don't forget the T-34's use of the Christie suspension.

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    Post AW: Best weapon of WW2?

    1.Stuka Ju 87
    The Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber was the airborne element of the german blitzkrieg

    2.Focke Wulf FW 190
    I good Figther

    3. Pzkw. Tiger I and Panther V
    The two best and most successful tanks in the World War II

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