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I don't know if it will help clarify, but using some of my own-read knowledge, it would be the safest to say that the Japanese sword (to be exact, during the mainstream Sengoku period) were made with processes that DID involve pattern welding or lamination (there may be cases of both for all we know). Do note that these mostly only held true for actual ...


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The Germans, who were equipped with the StG 44, fought Americans and Soviets, and also British and to a lesser extent Canadians and Free French troops. The Americans were equipped with M1 semi-automatic rifles, Thompson and other submachine guns. The Soviets used PPSh submachine guns in large numbers and automatic rifles. On historic photographs with German ...


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Was it a decisive weapon in any encounter with an Allied force? If you are talking down to the level of small unit (platoon/section) fighting, almost certainly there would have been at least one incident where the MP44 was decisive. In a small unit action, the key is to win the firefight through firepower. This gets your enemy heads-down so that you can ...


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An automatic assault rifle is most useful during an attack in close quarters. That's why its called an assault rifle. At the end of the war when the weapons were most numerous the Germans were not doing very much attacking. If the MP44 (StG 44) had been available during the Battle of Stalingrad, it would have been a big help to the Germans. The light ...


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In terms of access, breech-loaders were available to civilians from the beginning. In fact, prior to their mid-19th century adoption by the European national armies, the development of breech loading firearms were primarily sponsored by civilian needs. Specifically, for sporting, i.e. hunting. Experiments into the development of breech-loaders continued ...


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Aztecs and other American cultures favored clubs. See the macana (Taino) or the Aztec machuahuitl: These clubs were studded with obsidian, and so were sharp and could be used to slice like a sword. But they still lent themselves to a different kind of combat: The maquahuitls were incredibly strong, and the Spanish claimed they could chop the head ...


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Based only on the terms in the question, I can conclude that High Explosive shells are less effective at piercing armor, such as that found on battleships. Wikipedia confirms this An armor-piercing (AP) shell is a type of ammunition designed to penetrate armor. From the 1860s to 1950s, a major application of armor-piercing projectiles was to defeat the ...



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