Bow Down To The Meat Chopper, Hooah!


 

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I came across this awesome story about a weapon system called the “Meat Chopper”, what a great name.  Basically the deal is this weapon was originally designed to shoot down low flying German pilots who liked to strafe allied positions during World War II.  To accomplish this it was designed with four M-2 50 caliber machine guns spinning on a battery-powered turret with the gunner sitting behind some armor plating.  Supposedly it was pretty effective at handling the Nazi pilots, but it earned real fame and recognition when it was employed as an anti-personnel weapon.  Any of you who have ever witnessed what a single 50 cal. machine gun can do to an object like a vehicle, a brick wall, God forbid a human being (a buddy of mine who frequently used the 50 cal. in Iraq described its effect on a man as “tomato sauce”), can only imagine what four of them mounted on a single turret could do to a platoon of  Nazi infantry.  Spitting out an insane 2200 50 cal. rounds a minute you can quickly picture the annihilation in your mind.  Modern “gatling” style multi barrel chain guns can fire more rounds per minute than the “Meat Chopper” but most are only 7.62, which does not carry anything near the punch the 50 cal. does.  The only thing that really seems better than this would be the old Phalanx anti-aircraft weapon, which was a gatling type firing 20mm shells.  But it was so big it had to be mounted on M-113 so it is not really a fair comparison.   Anyways for more info check out the original below at www.Guns.com.

Ready to chop some meat.

Ready to chop some meat.

PS.  Yes, I do know this really has nothing to do with what this blog is supposed to be about but how can anyone not be interested in learning about a weapon called the “Meat Chopper”.

The Maxson Meat Chopper: M45 Browning .50 caliber Quadmount

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Germany Invades Russia 71 Years Ago Today


 

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the start of Operation Barbarossa which was the codename of Hitler’s invasion of Russia.  The war on the eastern front during World War II was the largest clash of man and machine in the history of the world, it was the most important theater of operations of the war.  I am not here to diminish what the western allies did during World War II ( it was significant), but  contrary to what you have been taught or led to believe by Hollywood America did not win the war in Europe all by itself, or even do the majority of the fighting against Hitler.  That honor would fall to Russia, and it is through the deaths of the many millions of Russian soldiers that Hitler was ultimately defeated.  Here are some facts and figures about the war on the eastern front that help put it into perspective.

1.  80% of all German combat deaths came on the eastern front

2.  13,600,000 Russian soldiers died fighting the Germans

3.  Approximately 2,500,000 Germans died on the eastern front

4.  More Russians died in the Siege of Leningrad than did all Americans and British for the entire war.

5.  The Battle of Kursk was the largest tank battle in history with a total of 3,600 tanks in action.

6.  Nearly 80% of all Soviet male children born in 1923 were killed during the war.

World War II Causalities by Country j
Country Military Deaths Civilian Deaths Total
USSR13 13,600,000 7,700,000 21,300,000
China 1,324,000 10,000,000 11,324,000
Germany 3,250,000 3,810,000 7,060,000
Poland 850,000 6,000,000 6,850,000
United States 500,000 0 500,000
Italy 330,000 80,000 410,000
Great Britain 326,000 62,000 388,000
 
*These numbers are estimates and vary according to
source
 
 
 
 
 

70 Years Ago Today The Battle Of Midway Came To An End


In one of the most decisive victories in the history of naval warfare the US Navy engaged and defeated the seemingly invincible Imperial Japanese fleet at the Battle of Midway.  The US Navy delivered a crushing blow to the Japanese Navy from which they would not recover.  Here is an excerpt from www.history.com describing the American victory.

“At the Battle of Midway, Japan lost four carriers, a cruiser, and 292 aircraft, and suffered 2,500 casualties. The U.S. lost the Yorktown, the destroyer USS Hammann, 145 aircraft, and suffered 307 casualties. Japan’s losses hobbled its naval might–bringing Japanese and American sea power to approximate parity–and marked the turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II. In August 1942, the great U.S. counteroffensive began at Guadalcanal and did not cease until Japan’s surrender three years later.”

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-of-midway-ends