Monday, 12 May 2014

United States vs German Equipment 1945 - Uwe Feist

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Title: United States vs German Equipment 1945
Author: Uwe Feist
ISBN: 978-0-8117-1314-6
Pages: 312
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Photo's: multiple b/w and colour
Rating: 4.5/5

Following awareness of ongoing complaints from US soldiers regarding the quality of their equipment when compared with that of the Germans, Gen Eisenhower ordered that a comprehensive investigation of said claims be made and the results reported back to him. This book is a verbatim reproduction of that report from March,1945. Replete with numerous accompanying photos, it covers everything from tank vs panzer to shelter halves, rations, personnel weapons and helmets. This is an excellent source document for both the casual and professional historian who is interested whether or not the Germans had consistently better equipment in terms of quality, but were beaten by quantity. I particularly enjoyed this high quality publication.

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