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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 9/8/2012 5:54:12 AM   
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which nationality had the best soldiers...

being that all men are the same it boils down to leader ship,experience,weapons,morale

the germans got the upper hand with experience...there on the spot leaders were top class...weapons some of the best in the world...morale very strong for the until the end of 43 then started to slide.

number 1 for me.

but if you were to say a year of the war it would change say in late 44 russian would be my pick.

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 9/9/2012 12:43:53 PM   
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The german soldiers were the best due to their army's doctrine, training and leadership (squad level), and they had a good balance of fanatisim even with the regular army soldiers that made them tanacious but not blindly stupid in the face of a lost cause (except later in the war due to other factors...). In other words they fought the smartest but were less determined than the average russian or japanese soldier, however their doctrine and training still has them come out ahead when everything is taken into account, in my book anyway.

When fanatisism or tenacity or just plane toughness is used to judge (different words for different armies but perhaps their resistance to being "Routed" is right), here's where I see some of them (bound to piss off some people :)
1. Japan
2. Russia
3. German (maybe forth place if not for the later war)
4. CW Canadian, New Z, Australians (maybe 3rd place)
5. CW British
6. French
7. US
8. Italy

The Avalon Hill board game Squad Leader does a very good job of classifying the different types of squads in various categories, both for the elite and base units.

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 9/9/2012 4:27:21 PM   
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IMHO one should distinct Free French from French

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 9/9/2012 4:53:45 PM   
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my thread.

ill decide. the Danish made the best soldiers ..

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 9/11/2012 10:46:34 AM   
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When fanatisism or tenacity i think your right on the money...with that list would not change anything but perhapps swapping the US for the free french because of there fighting in the pacfic islands in late 1944.

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 9/13/2012 2:09:20 PM   
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ORIGINAL: SirWhiskers

Some of us are old enough to remember the Ballantine magazines History of the Second World War, published over 30 years ago. Unfortunately I no longer have them, so I can't quote directly, but here are some of the comments I remember from one article comparing the various armies.

Germans. Hands down the best due to superior leadership at all levels (except grand strategic). Their flexibility in combat was amazing - how many other armies could pull together a hodgepodge of units to repel major attacks, not once but many times?

Russians. The most tenacious, especially on defense.

Italians. Most underrated, but only when they had good leadership, which was extremely rare.

American. The first to run away in a firefight, but also the first to rally and come back swinging. Probably the least disciplined of the major powers.

British. Very rigid doctrine. Too often the soldiers were better than their leaders, especially in the higher ranks.

That sounds like "Guns Tanks Men" I've got it. Great series and apart from a lot of the Russian stuff which was badly politically influenced, the analysis really holds up.

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 9/20/2012 3:19:18 PM   
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Best soldiers in WWII were the ones left alive.


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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 9/20/2012 3:37:20 PM   
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ORIGINAL: SLAAKMAN

Best soldiers in WWII were the ones left alive.



so you say that the best soldiers were the ones that surrendered

or the deserters

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 9/20/2012 8:06:16 PM   
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I had a similar (but funnier) argument with a friend of mine a few years back.

I claimed that the Germans must have had a terrible army...

The reason being, that it is easy for any untrained civilian, even a 16 year old to do better in a wargame with the Germans then they did historically. If it is hard to replicate the success of a nation (like say, the Russians in WiF) then they must have been very good.


Note that this doesnt necessarily apply to one game, but seems consistant across several different ones.


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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 9/22/2012 1:00:08 AM   
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so you say that the best soldiers were the ones that surrendered

or the deserters

Of course! Forget surrender. Thats also a form of slow suicide. Desertion or even draft evasion shouldve been the practice of every army on earth. Would you want to be a Japanese infantryman on Guadalcanal aka "The Island of Death"?? "Oh suuuure General I'll Banzai charge into the machine gun nests, get mortally wounded & let the spiders & multitudes of other ghastly tropical predators eat me alive while I bleed to death for days in the bush".....Duh.


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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 9/22/2012 3:40:21 AM   
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From the standpoint of being willing to die instead of surrender I think the individual IJA private needs consideration in that respect, Followed by the Russians and then Germans. Italy gets a bad rap, but if they had decent equipment I think the world would have been very impressed. I do not care how good you are, after you get your butts kicked several times in a row, the fighting quality goes down fast.
At the squad level, it has to be the German army. The NCO's were just outstanding.
If you are talking "minor" nations, you have to look at the Fins. I do not care if the Russians did not have a clue on how to fight, it took a lot to stand up to that kind of numbers for as long as they did.
The Australian troops seemed to have carried over a lot of the attitude from WWI, and especially in the desert were second to no one one.
The average US GI was good, well trained and fought well, but were so used to having overwhelming airpower/artillery that is is hard to judge them man for man
Overall I give the edge to the Germans just because they had so many more men than Australia

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/6/2013 4:45:15 AM   
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Australia. AIF were all highly motivated volunteers who had to satisfy strict entrance requirements. Australia itself was never really in danger and most soldiers understood this; they volunteered for the adventure, for the chance to test their mettle, and most of all because they had a tremendous reputation to live up to: their forefathers in 1st AIF in WW1, who by 1918 were without a doubt the best troops on the field on either side. They also had probably the hardest and most thorough training of any troops in the war; they trained from the day they joined the army to the day before their first battle, and after every battle they'd be out on exercise excitedly going over what they'd learnt. It was a bit of a sport really, and they were obsessed with being the best.

Take the Australian 6th Division for example, the very first division aus formed (1939) to send overseas. There were conflicting signals from the Government as to whether they'd be going overseas or not, or maybe the militia divs would be overhauled as volunteers and sent instead, so when recruiting opened up many guys, even in the militia, wouldn't join simply because they thought the div wouldnt be sent anywhere exciting. On top of that, recruiters used any excuse they could to deny men entry. This all led to a unit made up of only the keenest, most adventurous type. It also had many highly experienced men (especially officers) who had fought in WW1 (they all lied about that because one of the many ways to be disqualified was to have fought in the last war), and when it was finally ready to go into action (after almost a year of training) it was straight off the bat a crack offensive force to say the least. In fact they soon found the div had enough high quality officer material for 5 divisions, let alone one. on the ever of their first battle, the battle of bardia, the mood was excited but also quite tense; they weren't nervous because they were attacking frontally a fortress with at least twice their men, more guns and more tanks; they were nervous because they had a legacy to live up to, the world was watching them (or at least the country) and they were scared of falling short. These guys actually looked down their noses at other AIF divisions and regarded them as pussies because they didn't sign straight up in '39. reinforcements to the 6th were treated in a similar way

then UK wasted them of course by throwing them into futile campaigns without support like Greece, where many ended up as POWs. lol

ignoring the above, Australians were the best close quarter fighters by a considerable margin; that is beyond dispute

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/6/2013 10:05:51 AM   
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.....Australians were the best close quarter fighters by a considerable margin; that is beyond dispute
warspite1

No it isn't.

As good as many Australians were, what evidence can you possibly have to support that "matter-of-fact" statement?

You are entitled to your opinion, but please do not present opinions as facts - it does not make them any more true.

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/6/2013 6:15:57 PM   
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ORIGINAL: warspite1


quote:

ORIGINAL: DasHoff

.....Australians were the best close quarter fighters by a considerable margin; that is beyond dispute
warspite1

No it isn't.

As good as many Australians were, what evidence can you possibly have to support that "matter-of-fact" statement?

You are entitled to your opinion, but please do not present opinions as facts - it does not make them any more true.


I seem to think that Rommel rated the New Zealanders as the best of the CW in North Africa...

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/6/2013 6:41:59 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Jimm


quote:

ORIGINAL: warspite1


quote:

ORIGINAL: DasHoff

.....Australians were the best close quarter fighters by a considerable margin; that is beyond dispute
warspite1

No it isn't.

As good as many Australians were, what evidence can you possibly have to support that "matter-of-fact" statement?

You are entitled to your opinion, but please do not present opinions as facts - it does not make them any more true.


I seem to think that Rommel rated the New Zealanders as the best of the CW in North Africa...

(steps back, ducks for cover)

warspite1

I've also read - but cannot find the source - that the New Zealand 2nd Division were Monty's favourite division. Personally, I would rate the Kiwi's the highest of the Allied units

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/6/2013 9:02:35 PM   
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I think this end in a nothing ..

all countries had good soldiers ...

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/6/2013 9:53:39 PM   
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Rommels famous quote; “Give me American equipment, German Generals and Canadian soldiers, and I will rule the world!” said General Rommel

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/6/2013 11:02:50 PM   
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to judge a country by its volunteers.

is not really a good way to judge that countries soldiers.

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/7/2013 12:12:19 PM   
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This Italian was the best soldier in WWII
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bjBAez9cm4





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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/7/2013 12:53:07 PM   
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This Italian was the best soldier in WWII
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bjBAez9cm4






An excellent choice!!!

He was my favourite character in Catch-22.


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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/9/2013 3:10:39 PM   
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Him : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Major

Uber canadian soldier, "give me 2 men and I will liberate your town full of german soldiers".

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/11/2013 12:11:10 AM   
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This is all guess work people, you really want to find out who the best soldiers were, join me in the COD2 Wing and a Prayer Mod and just try to go up against Pumkin Pete with his STG 44 or Wing Man and his Thompson sub machine gun or the Raven who could do a somersault moving sideways and shoot you in the right eye from 100 yards away or the Basher who earned his nickname from bashing people with the butt of his rifle, I should know because I [Willycube] won the Baby Seal Award, given only to players who were camping and got bashed the most. [I never said it was good award]

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/11/2013 12:20:43 AM   
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Ghurkas.....they were tough and scared the bejesus out of the Japanese

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/11/2013 2:22:13 AM   
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quote:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Major

Uber canadian soldier, "give me 2 men and I will liberate your town full of german soldiers"

Haha fantastic story. I especially like where he held off 2 Chinese divisions with 20 Recondo scouts for 3 days!

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This is all guess work people, you really want to find out who the best soldiers were, join me in the COD2 Wing and a Prayer Mod and just try to go up against Pumkin Pete with his STG 44 or Wing Man and his Thompson sub machine gun or the Raven who could do a somersault moving sideways and shoot you in the right eye from 100 yards away or the Basher who earned his nickname from bashing people with the butt of his rifle, I should know because I [Willycube] won the Baby Seal Award, given only to players who were camping and got bashed the most. [I never said it was good award]
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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/11/2013 2:44:05 AM   
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Damn Slaakman, why do I get the feeling that you would kill an ant with a sledge hammer. You would most likely attack Denmark with 8 Panzer divisions or probably corps just to make sure. Not nice!

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/11/2013 10:55:12 PM   
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Damn Slaakman, why do I get the feeling that you would kill an ant with a sledge hammer. You would most likely attack Denmark with 8 Panzer divisions or probably corps just to make sure. Not nice!

Bo

(Actually my prefered methode is seduction of the Queen);





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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/11/2013 11:06:05 PM   
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ORIGINAL: SLAAKMAN

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Damn Slaakman, why do I get the feeling that you would kill an ant with a sledge hammer. You would most likely attack Denmark with 8 Panzer divisions or probably corps just to make sure. Not nice!

Bo

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that is clearly not the queen .. that the crown princess ..

as a royalist. im offended by that

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/12/2013 2:04:07 AM   
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She's Tasmanian, She'd probably give a swift kick in the ..........................................

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/12/2013 3:34:19 AM   
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I went to university with her. Lovely girl...very enthusiastic

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RE: OT - best soldiers in WWII - 1/12/2013 8:26:03 PM   
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that is clearly not the queen .. that the crown princess ..
as a royalist. im offended by that

SILLY BOOB. SHE IS ONE OF MY QUEENS, ERGO SHE IS A QUEEN! NOW GIMME HER PHONE #!

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I went to university with her. Lovely girl...very enthusiastic
Cheers, Neilster

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