Hahn, Major James E.
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An examination of how the enemy planned his development programme and what has been accomplished. A brief summary of some of the equipment used by the enemy in order to shed light upon the policy he has adopted. Topics covered include: small arms equipment; rifle; standard and sub-machine guns; trench mortars with a rocket system of propulsion; projectors; bombs; field guns; mounted guns on self-propelled vehicles; anti-aircraft equipment; design characteristics of German equipment; anti-tank weapons; tanks; the policy of the German Army General Staff to keep the variety of weapons to the smallest possible number in order to give the necessary operational strength; advantages of such a programme; engineering standards; field trials. The strategic plan of attack by the enemy. Problems of procurement of weapons and equipment by the Allies. Weapon design and engineering that had to be introduced into Canada. The creation of the Army Technical Development Board in the spring of 1942. Function and responsibilities of the Board. Projects for development and how they originate. Completing and co-ordinating our liaison with the United Nations. Liaising with the United States, Australia, New Zealand, England, Russia, and China. Research development. Contributions from Canadian engineers, scientists, technicians, and universities. The need for practical long-range planning and the vision to see ahead as part and parcel of any programme that is designed to ensure permanent success.