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German Rifle Squad
The Gruppe in World War Two Combat
© 2007
259 pages; 27 chapters and 5 appendixes
The German rifle squad was the best rifle squad in World War II. It was
equipped with one or more machine guns and gave an excellent account of
itself.
German Rifle Squad: The Gruppe in World War Two describes the
organization and tactics of German rifle squads. The German rifle
squad, in World War II,
armed with the fabulous MG34 and MG42 machine
guns killed millions of enemy soldiers in close combat. No writer can capture
the glory and dedication of the
German rifle squad in one book. However,
German Rifle Squad: The Gruppe in World War Two will suffice until the
definitive book is written. The
German rifle squad (Gruppe) in World War II
had qualities absent in all other
rifle squads. It had control, sustainability,
flexibility and extreme lethality. Its power was compounded by a historically
known, yet PC suppressed secret element that no modern writer dare name,
cohesion. Cohesion is a factor that comes only from racial and cultural
homogeneity. That factor was so powerful that its glory made even
culturally
heterogeneous rifle squads
, led by the Germans, temporarily effective.  
That
cohesion factor was also a driving force in Japanese and Romanian rifle
squads.
German Rifle Squad: The Gruppe in World War Two dares go
where only QuikManeuvers Publication’s nerve carries it. In a nation controlled
by the myths, deceits and punitive enforcement of leftist political correctness,
German Rifle Squad: The Gruppe in World War Two describes actual
historical factors in warfighting that other writers lack the knowledge and
courage to describe.
Review Table of Contents
“The German light machinegun, regardless of model, used a bipod and was normally fired lying down. The bipod
offered limited stability and in effect sustained fire was impractical, since the barrel would recoil far off target after the
first few rounds. The machine gun was fired in bursts of 3 to 6 rounds creating a characteristic sound of cloth being
ripped apart. Assistance of a loader was needed to insert the belts of ammunition although many German machine
gunners frequently reloaded their own ammunition belts faster than the lesser BREN or BAR guns. The high rate of
German machine gun fire meant a rapid chewing up of ammunition belts and the mechanism would jam if not properly
fed. If the drum magazine of ammunition was used, no loader assistance was required, and the machinegun could be
fired from the hip, using the sling over the shoulder and the left hand to hold the weapon steady. Accuracy when firing
from the hip was marginal, although it worked perfectly in a close combat mode employed in trench lines, fortified
zones, urban combat, broken terrain and heavy forest. An alternative was the loader holding the barrel in the bipod,
the barrel resting on his shoulder. This mode was also used in difficult terrain, when some measure of accuracy was
needed. The loaders hearing suffered risk of permanent damage if not protected.
The high rate of German machine gun fire meant heavy wear on the barrels as well as overheating. The Number 2
would carry one or two reserve barrels (in a tube, carried in a sling) and intense fire meant changing the barrel after
every 500 rounds, which was often. With the MG 42 the barrel change was swiftly done with a yank of a lever, with
which the barrel dropped to the ground. However, the MG 34 barrel had to be gripped to be changed and that caused
frequent burns in spite of issued asbestos gloves. Such was the ferocious war spirit of the German Landser that
burned skin was a minor side effect of the exhilaration felt in scything down the Reich’s enemies.
The rifle used by German infantry was inappropriate in both length and weight. It could deliver 15 aimed shots per
minute in the hands of a marksman. The accepted standard for the army was however 10 rounds per minute. Between
every shot the bolt action had to be manipulated and time wasted, during which the rifleman risked losing sight of his
target completely, and after which he would have to take new aim. The recoil of the German infantry rifle slammed too
hard against the German rifleman’s shoulder, which would be blue and bruised after a sustained battle.
Reloading was performed using a clip of five rounds, inserted from the top, thus forcing the rifleman to again take his
eyes off his target. The German bolt-action rifle was an impediment to German rifle squad lethality.”
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