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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Mao Smiles by RangerElite

Far East Theater in WWIII 1946

In an abandoned coal mine,
Somewhere in
Soviet-occupied Manchuria

This is what now constituted a “People's Congress”, committee meetings in the dark, hunted now more than ever before, with a completely shattered command structure and facing more and more defections to the new Republic of China Armed Forces, with the most devastating being the defection of Xu Haidong's Yennan Route Army. Mao has sworn his revenge on Xu and his traitorous followers, and to all who have abandoned the people's war. How could he have been so blind as to not see the coup that deposed Generalissimo Chiang coming from within his own ranks? But none of that second-guessing did anything to remedy his situation right now...

The issue at hand was the disruption of recruitment of new troops for the army of the new government and blocking the reforms that they are attempting to implement, starting a new propaganda campaign that decried this government as more of the same corruption. This dog Sun was smart, but even a smart dog must be made to heel; bending him and his reforms to Chairman Mao's, and by extension the Chinese Communist Party's, will is a step in that direction. In order to make this happen, Mao must discredit Sun, and his government, first, and that was increasingly becoming an insurmountable task.

On the military front, Mao was becoming increasingly irritated with the Soviets, and their decreasing material support for his war. Though his manpower numbers were decreasing, he was no longer being supplied with first-rate weapons, ammunition and equipment from the Soviets themselves, but with second-rate weapons, ammunition and equipment captured from the Allies in their lightning attack across Europe. This was causing severe logistical hardship on Mao's troops, with the additional issue of hampering his operations because of it. This is another reason why Sun's counter-offensive against his forces have been so successful, so much so that Mao's forces have been pushed back behind the Soviet lines in Manchuria. Comrade General Chou En-lai was working on a new plan of attack, and they were retrofitting some special equipment that the Soviets had just delivered to them, just for this attack. It was sure to be a nasty surprise to the government forces who will no doubt be facing it. Mao Tse-tung smiled at the thought, as the meeting came to order...

Birth Of A Weapon System by RangerElite

Weapons Development in WWIII 1946

Design Workshop of John C. Garand
Springfield Armory
Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

John was once again working late in the workshop, but he was not alone tonight. He was joined by Dieudonne Saive and Ernest Vervier, of the Fabriqué National de Herstal, of Belgium, and by Alex Seidel, formerly of DWM-Mauser AG, now employed by the Springfield Armory. They had been busy experimenting with many ways to improve the T46A1 (what they were now calling the American Sturmgewehr) and they think that they've discovered a way that they can make an important change that would revolutionize this rifle and make it far superior to anything that the Soviets can ever produce.

It all started after the initial trials for the T46A1, when one of Garand's contacts at the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield, in the U.K., sent him several thousand rounds of their new .280 caliber ammunition, along with the specs for production. Garand subsequently converted a few M1 rifles to fire the round, and was quite impressed with the ballistics coming out the shortened “intermediate” round (as a matter of metric conversion, the case was 20mm shorter than that of the .30-'06). When Garand proposed the idea to Saive, Vervier and Seidel, they got right to work improving the rifle, incorporating the new British round into its design, and building a new prototype for the testing of the the ammunition to be used by the rifle, and testing the living hell out of it, hoping that they can come up with a battle rifle that is fit for mass-manufacture and can survive and operate under any condition.

As the design and further development continued, it was Ernest Vervier (who was also developing a general purpose machine gun, independently from this project, but using the same ammunition to increase interchangeability) who recommended the design of special versions for use by special troops, such as airborne and amphibious troops, and favored of the use of synthetic materials, such as Bakelite, over natural materials, such as wood. Another question that was debated was for special versions, was a folding stock a necessity? The two Belgians believe so, as does the German, but to a lesser degree, so prototypes were made in different configurations. Carbine sized, for use by tank and air crews? How short can the barrel be before it adversely affects accuracy and range? Soon, there were all sorts of ideas were being knocked around, from full-caliber machine pistols to extended-barreled squad automatic weapons, and every configuration in between, making selection of the best models for a particular purpose a difficult proposition, at best, and a nightmare, at worst.

In the end, four weapons derived and developed from the original T46A1 prototype were selected: the base model being a product-improved version of the prototype battle rifle (T46B3 or XM4), in .280 caliber, along with a longer, heavier-barreled squad automatic weapon (T46D4 or XM6) to replace the BAR, shorter-barreled carbine, with a solid stock or a side-folding stock (T46C2/T46C3 or XM7), to replace the M1/M2/M3 carbine system, and a machine pistol (T46G4/T46G7 or XM8) chambered in 9mm or .45 ACP for tank and air crews, replacing the M3 “Grease Gun” submachine gun . They even developed a 30mm grenade-launching weapon (T48A3 or XM9) to install underneath the barrel of the battle rifle, based on a cross between the Walther flare gun and ammunition from the Rheinmetall 30mm aircraft cannon.

Things got much more interesting when they began some of the other weapons experiments, reverse-engineering and redesigning the Fallschirmjägergewehr-42 as a test machine gun, re-chambering it to fire different ammunition and observing the results. Once the final armory prototype was built, it and its drawings were transferred in deep secrecy up to Saco Manufacturing Corporation, in Maine, for finalization and pre-production, before submitting the weapon for range and combat testing. The weapon had an initial test designation of T50E1, but in service, would be classified as the XM5/M5 general-purpose machine gun.

Garand and the other gentlemen present decided that they should submit all the weapons as an entire system, with fully interchangeable parts and ammunition (except for the machine pistols and, obviously, the grenade launcher), and to this end, they would have Alex Seidel enlist the aid of his friends Edmund Heckler and Theodor Koch. They were both colleagues of his from DWM-Mauser, and now advised the Army's Chief Quartermaster, Lieutenant General Levin Hicks Campbell, and the Army's chief of weapon development and procurement, Colonel Rene Studler, and have them convince the two that it was a wise decision to accept these weapons, and the British ammunition, for the U.S. Army, and in doing so, convince the other branches and other militaries to also adopt the system of weapons, making manufacturing the weapons on a mass-production scale highly likely. And perhaps, they could convince Colonel Studler of further developing the under-slung grenade launcher, as the design was still a bit raw, and explosives, not including smokeless gun powder, was not their fortè.

So now was the moment of truth, where they would learn whether or not their weapons would be mass-produced and win the war for NATO, or they would be relegated to the dustbin of history...

Do unto others (Rudel's Leg) by Tallthinkev

Hans-Ulrich Rudel had been shot in the leg.
He took it off. 
30mm higher and they would have taken the rest of it.

He thought about the last few days. Not as hectic as the Eastern Front in the last weeks of the last war against the Bolsheviks, but interesting never the less.

He couldn't really believe his luck they had found one for him and a good German ground crew as well. 

The canon was, he thought a bit more, just different from what he was used to, 40mm not 37mm but it was what it could do not how did it, that counted. The re-con photographs were better than he was used to as well. High flying Meteor's he was told. Again it didn't matter where they had gotten there from, as long as the information was right. It turned out that it was.

He was sitting outside his tent in the New Forest. That was another thing NATO had taken from us, it worked here just as good as it did back home.

Home. Best not to think about what the arse holes were doing there. The Führer was right we should have swept the whole east clean. Bad luck, incompetent generals and the sheer number of the Russians didn't help. He still had no idea how many he had killed personally, 1200 on that battleship alone, must be.

Again his thoughts went back to the last few days.
The Ju-87 they had got him was a G-2 model a good solid plane, the ground crew knew it inside out. Funny thing to say really.
The canon the British had given his crew was a Vickers 40mm, the type that had done so much damage in North Africa. They were his now. Shooting up the Reds airfields was pleasure, ripping across it at 15 meters. The trill, the exhilaration, it felt good.
It was stupid to go round again but he could not resist it. He got caught by ground fire, the Stuka could take it.
He couldn't.
He'd have to ask about having a gunner the next time. Also the high ups were talking about putting some kind of radar in it. He couldn't fly the 87 and watch that as well. Let alone shot them and dodge the return fire. A radar operator who was also a gunner that could work. The weight might be an issue, one less bomb? Let them worry about it, not him. 

The first time he had beaten up a Red airfield was in a Hurricane IIc the week before. He was able to drop the bombs from 25m but didn't really have the chance to use the canons it was equipped with.
They then gave him another Hurricane, this time a IId. The Vickers 40mm canon worked very well, no wonder the RAF had been so successful in North Africa. It was good, but it still wasn't a Stuka.

He had one now and he was the very best at what he did.
Killing Russians. 

But first things first, he had to get his leg fixed.