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After the MG 34 was introduced in 1935, the Wehrmacht almost immediately wanted improvements. The MG 34 was milled from specially alloyed steel which is slow and expensive. Stamped parts could make a lighter, more reliable, cheaper to mass produce gun using lower grade steel. However, getting stamped parts to work at the tolerances and stresses of a firearm ...


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It is hard to fathom nowadays with decades-long "jobs for the boys" projects like the F35, but weapon making, especially in wartime, can be greatly accelerated and benefit from skunk projects carried out by small teams. (note however that the inherent difference in complexity between a major weapon system - a fighter or tank - circa 1940 and 2020 ...


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As Pieter commented, the 11th Army and much of its heavy artillery moved to Leningrad, but much of its infantry did not. Armies and army corps are administrative units to coordinate hundreds of thousands of men, their vehicles, material, etc... Divisions and other subordinate units are swapped in and out as needed. Even armies are cannibalized, shortly after ...


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I believe a lot of truth in the comments BUT there is a scarcity of hard data. The secondary histories and even the autobiographies which came out in the 50-70's did not address the data but generalities and misinformation created a fog that is only being cut through in the past 20 years due to greater access of information for a lot of reasons. One issue ...


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The PDF in the source below lists, year for year, the buying value in Euros of 2020. 1930: 1 RM = € 3.70 1933: 1 RM = € 4.60 1936: 1 RM = € 4.40 1939: 1 RM = € 4.30 Sources: Table of buying power (in Euro) between 1810 and 2020: Kaufkraftäquivalente historischer Beträge in deutschen Währungen - Source: Deutsche Bundesbank (PDF) Historical values 1890-2014 ...


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The hyperinflation of 1923 ended in November 1923 with the introduction of the Rentenmark and, in August 1924, of the Reichsmark. The value of German money became stable again and remained so until WWII. This article has average wages for various industries in 1935 on page 30. They are between 50 and 100 Pfennigs, i.e. betweeen 0.5 to 1 Mark. Piano lessons ...


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