I love my Springfield, but if combat was looming, I would pick up my Garand first.
German army troops obeyed orders and were hesitant to act independently,
I must disagree with this. The Germans were noted for their battlefield ingenuity and flexibility. They would constantly probe and counter attack when given the opportunity. Only when strictly ordered to a certain course of action was this flexibility lost.
The Russians probably would have beat Germany by themselves eventually. Maybe by 1947 or1948 or so. I seem to remember reading somewhere that the Russians faced 80% of German military strength and output.
Anyone have any idea why we didn't supply M1s to the Russians?