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Old August 7th 03, 07:04 AM
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RSHaas wrote:

There is a Zero sitting in the back of an Atlanta museum on Peachtree
Street.
The Japs developed quite a good fighter, the Reppu, to attack B-29's but
their entry came too late in the war. (RSHaas)


Yeah. By the end of the war, the Japanese had developed
a fighter with better performance than the American P-51,
but they were hampered by fuel shortages which left them
with such poorly trained pilots that they needn't have
bothered. A situation similar to the Germans with their
Me-262 jet. Too little, too late.
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Old August 7th 03, 03:12 PM
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Yeah. By the end of the war, the Japanese had developed
a fighter with better performance than the American P-51,
but they were hampered by fuel shortages which left them
with such poorly trained pilots that they needn't have
bothered. A situation similar to the Germans with their
Me-262 jet. Too little, too late.


Ah yes.
The Germans had the best fighter, the best tank, and the only guided missles,
but lost.
Could it have had something to do with the fact that America produced 55,000
tanks while the Germans only produced 5,000?

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Old August 7th 03, 11:08 PM
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ASCACHESS wrote:

Yeah. By the end of the war, the Japanese had developed
a fighter with better performance than the American P-51,
but they were hampered by fuel shortages which left them
with such poorly trained pilots that they needn't have
bothered. A situation similar to the Germans with their
Me-262 jet. Too little, too late.


Ah yes.
The Germans had the best fighter, the best tank, and the only guided missles,
but lost.
Could it have had something to do with the fact that America produced 55,000
tanks while the Germans only produced 5,000?


Total German tank production from 1934 to 1945 was approximately
20,000 vehicles, which includes light tanks. During the war, the
US was able to produced over 50,000 Sherman tanks in a single year!
The Russians too, despite being forced to relocate many of their
tank factories to the Urals to prevent their being overrun by the
advancing Wehrmacht, out-produced the Germans by a very large margin.

The only problems were for the tankers who had to go into combat
in the inferior tanks. The German Panzer Mark IV had similar armor
thickness to the American Sherman, but had a gun with much better
armor penetration capabilities. The Panzer Mark V Panther was
superior in every respect, as were the Panzer Mark VI Tigers.

It was said during the war that it took 5 Shermans to knock out a
Tiger; four to offer themselves as targets, and one to drive behind
the Tiger to shoot it in the rear or sides where its armor was much
thinner. Obviously not a pleasant experience for the Sherman crews!
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Old August 8th 03, 01:57 AM
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"Obviously not a pleasant experience for the Sherman crews!" (woodsy)
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The Sherman burned furiously when hit. The Germans called them "Tommie
Cookers." (RSHaas)
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Old August 8th 03, 06:27 AM
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RSHaas wrote:

"Obviously not a pleasant experience for the Sherman crews!" (woodsy)
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The Sherman burned furiously when hit. The Germans called them "Tommie
Cookers." (RSHaas)


Also known as "Ronsons" after the cigarette lighter whose ads
claimed that it "Lights the First Time, Every Time!"
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