VanessaBinder, on Jan 6 2004, 12:48 PM, said:
In Day of Days, when Lt. Winters and his men were taking the German gun sites at Brecourt Manor, Lt. Winters used a German grenade to ignite the TNT that disabled the guns. How did he know how to use that grenade? Did Allied troops train in using the enemy's arsenal?
Indeed a hude emphasis was put on enemy weaponry......from hand held weapons to artillery, everything was studied......part of Eisenhowers brief was never to under-estimate the enemy and it was commonly known that much of the "kraut" weaponry was much better than Allied equivalent.....none more so than machine guns and tanks.
See Winters given a german rifle on losing his leg bag on D Day and he does not even blink at to its usage......indeed on reading Ambrose' D Day there are quite a few incidents where Soldiersa use captured weapons