Are the arms today more lethal than what was fielded in WW2? I wonder. They are lighter, probably more accurate with current optics, but are they more effective? I think that the M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M2 Carbine, Thompson .45, Springfield 1903, S&W .38 and Colt .45 and of course the venerable M2 .50 cal were and are as lethal as anything on the battlefield today. The M2 of course is still King.
There is no comparison as to the air power and artillery fielded today, but as far as the infantryman, I don't think there has been a comparable leap forward in effectivness. In fact, maybe the opposite.
I would not feel undergunned with just about anything carried in WW2 today. I might wish it was lighter, but would not complain when I saw the effects downrange.
What do you think?
P.S. I forgot to add the arms of the Axis powers...Mg42, Shturmgerwer ( sp? ), etc.