Re: AH: small arms of World War II
OK, Polish shooter, your words have been very helpful too me.
The only thing I want to add is that I KNOW the MP-44 was not the end all and be all. In fact, I have it designed to be only a part of a total transformation of the Wehrmacht we know to one that could have forced the Allies into a stalemate in late WWII. Instead of one big thing, I'm taking a bunch of tiny independent things and making a big change.
And this goes to a more fundamental question: see, I'm doing this retro-tech thing to make the WWII of this story, less like the one you know, but familiar enough. I want the audience to force themselves to distance themselves from what they know, and see the German protagonists as human beings and not canon fodder for an aging Indiana Jones. I want them to wonder whether the Germans will, can, or even should win, and then make them want them to win (but not in the world domination way.) I'm also putting women in combat, but that's more of a 'we all know it's coming let's see if they can hack it.' And I'm not taking that out. I want this to be 'not your grandfather's World War II.' If there's a better way to do it, I'd love to listen.