Originally posted by Zosynspiracy
The average WWII soldier wasn't loaded down with 60lbs of unnecessary fancy gear either. The amount of gear the average troop in Afghanistan is
carrying is ridiculous.
The average WWII soldier didn't have to face the threats that we do today. The idea of RCIEDs was unheard of which meant that ECM kit wasn't carried
(nor did it exist!). The guidance and communications systems in use allow for much more accurate fire and coordination of troop movements than ever
before, reducing troop an civillian casualties despite the increasing destructive power of modern weapons. The widespread issue of body armour has
increased the survivability of the soldier, reducing casualties. Night vision devices give an unparallelled advantage over enemy insurgents... The
list goes on.
Did you ever see WWII troops with elbow and knee pads on? LMAO! A camelback didn't exist in WWII. A metal canteen did. With the amount of
air support nowadays troops shouldn't have to carry 10lbs of water on them. I never understood the reasoning behind these enormous packs these guys
Knee pads stop your knees and clothing being destroyed every time you take up a fire position on stony ground, increasing your operational
effectiveness. Thank God we're moving away from the old 'I'll not use it because its' not manly enough' attitude in favour of a more useful
'I'll use that because it keeps me in the fight longer' one. Any fool can be uncomfortable. If you're thinking about how much your knees hurt then
you're not thinking about your job.
Same goes for the Camelbak. You need a certain amount of water to survive and function. I usually carry at least 5L of water for every foot patrol I
do in Afghanistan (a Camelbak plus 2 water bottles on my belt). Without it your efficiency and concentration will drop. If you fail to hydrate
properly in the temperatures we patrol in you will become a casualty. The technology exists to make drinking while on the move and hands free an
option. Why not utilise it?
This equipment (ECM, NVG etc) all gives an advantage and serves a purpose. Unfortunately these things all have to be carried and they are not light.
You also forget that there were larger numbers of allied troops in WWII to carry the equipment required, so loads were distributed. The warfare was
much slower moving and allowed time for logistic trains to catch up, reducing the amount of kit that had to be carried for long periods. Plus casualty
numbers were much higher, due in no small part to the lack of proper equipment.
Put it like this. I'm a platoon Sergeant. I need to carry body armour, helmet, rifle plus ammo, pistol plus ammo, ammo for GPMG/LMG, night vision
monocular, 5L water, grenades, bayonet, platoon radio plus batteries, personal role radio (PRR) plus batteries, firefly, heli marker panel, GPS,
personal med kit, LASM (66mm rocket), arrest kit, mine kit. This is a fairly basic load and adds up to about 100lb.
Loads of the boys have to carry a combination of ECM at about 5-10kg (11-22lb), a Javelin rocket at about 12 kg (26lb), 60mm mortar at 5kg (11lb),
base plate at 4.3 kg (about 9lb), bipod at 12 kg (26lb), Lazer target designators at 5kg (11lb), mortar ammo at 2.8kg per bomb (7lb) etc.
Tell me what I can ditch from this list and still provide the same level of job?
The Taliban doens't wear knee pads and elbow pads why does the US Marines? Seems kind of silly. If you want to kill your enemy you have to
become your enemy.
The Taliban use locals to carry their equipment for them. Hence you don't see them carting a load of kit around.