AH: small arms of World War II
Ok, I have a couple of questions about World War II small arms. I'll start with the simplest questions and work my way up.
1. Did only officers have pistols in the Allied, German and Soviet camps?
2. Where grunts allowed to have pistols if they purchased them themselves?
3. What were the small arms used by Soviet, German and Allied tankers?
4. (If you know) Did tanks have **** buckets or did they stop when someone had to take a dump? I ask because considering how filthy soldiering conditions are, diahreah had to be epidemic
5. Did any of the European armies have greande launchers mounted under the chin of their rifles like some modern guns do?
6. Historically helicopters were developed in World War II but never deployed. Otto Skorzeny was supposed to have used a "Dragon" transport helicopter to rescue Mussolini in 1943, but engine problems led him to use gliders instead. My story has them being developed in an arms race between Germany and the western Allies. I don't think helicopters would be desivisive, but what kind of accomodations in small arms would have to be made to allow successful implementation of Vietnam style battle insertions?
7. I have the StG being developed in the 30s and deployed in November 1941. I figure that would give the Germans an advantage, but not eough time to allow the Allies to retro-engineer the gun. It took the Soviets four years to do it hisotrically (1943 to 1947) from German development to Soviet development, and the US really didn't do it until 1960 or so. Am I likely right in my assessement?
8. If the Germans have StGs early how would that compare to say, the Russians having PPKs?
9. I plan to have Germany survive the war (de-nazified of course), and I was wondering if it would be too expensive for the German government to mass produce the StGs and give them to anti Communsit forces, like the Nationalists in China under Chang Kaishek, in the same way the SOivets gave 'revolutionaries' around the world AK-47s?
10. Germany and the US become allies of convenince around the time of the Korean War, which the UN wins desisively. Do you think with the StG still a viable weapon, it could be adopted as NATO standard instead of the FN FAL?
11. British gun design in World War II seems either to be outdated or sucky. Did any Brits or Commonwealthers cook up some real good guns that never got made?
Answer one, answer all, any comments are appriciated. God bless.