Copy the other guy's stuff

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  1. gjs238

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    What equipment was copied from the enemy?
    What did the Germans copy? Russians? US? Brits? Etc.
    Aircraft, firearms, widgets - anything.

    Example:
    US: Bazooka > German: Panzerschreck (enlarged improved)
     
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    It was post war but the Russians copied the B-29 down to the nuts and bolts and released the Tupolev Tu-4.
     
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    They did the same with the C-47
     
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    I think the M60 Machine gun was a compilation of ideas from various other machine guns (MG42, Lewis Gun, ect).
     
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    Lessons learned from captured Fw190s
    were fed into the Tempest V program, from windscreen and canopy design, ducted spinners on annular radiator experimental installations to the more general radial-engined layout with the stacked, individual exhaust stubs.
     
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    Quite, it was build as Lisunov Li-2, but they used different engines for their version.

    Also, the advent of T-34 led towards development of German Panther.
     
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    A whole slew of German technology was copied/used by allies after the war.
     
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    V2 technology in the US and Soviet space programs
     
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    Metallurgy was "borrowed" from the British by the Russians. Read an account where Russians were given a tour of a British jet engine factory, and they wore soft soled shoes that would pick up metal shavings. The shavings were analyzed back in Russia to figure out the ingredients in the alloys the British were using and having success with in their jet engine program.
     
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    ...and then the bloody Socialists under Atlee handed them the Rolls-Royce Nene
     
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    The Russians did not copy the C-47, they license built them for free. They purchased several DC-3 airliners before the war. 21 were bought for Aeroflot. Licensing arrangements were made as part of the deal.
     
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    i understand the japanese built a C47 as well....and made a zippo lighter copy but it didnt work as well as the original.
     
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    US: M1 Garand > Japan: Type 5 Rifle (experimental w/minor changes)
    US: M1 Garand > Italy: Beretta BM59 (post war, improved, more of an evolution than a direct copy)

    Also produced under license in several countries post war: Italy, Japan, perhaps others.
     
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    The Japanese purchased licensing rights for the DC-3 in February of 1938 as well.
     
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    The G5N Shinzan has a lot of stuff copied from the DC-4E
     
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    Am I wrong? The Japanese were manufacturing a propeller hub assembly for the US before the war? And the Zero was based on a Hughes design that the US military rejected? Bill
     
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    There is a lot of rumbling that the Zero was based on the Hughes H-1 racer, but there has never been any definitive proof of it. There are similarities, but that can happen with a lot of aircraft.
     
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    Alot of German stuff was copied/built from remaining parts after the war by Czechoslovakia, ie the me 262 (avia s92) the me 109 (avia s-199, fitted with jumo 211) and the German halftrack Sd. Kfz. 251 (ot 810)
     
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    Spain also built 109s and He-111s. In an interesting bit of irony, the Israelis had some of the Czech 109s.
     
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    #20 tomo pauk, Jun 3, 2010
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    One can trace pre-Zeros ( pre-Oscars) in A5M 'Claude' Ki-27 'Nate' - clean lines all the way.

    But then, Ki-61 looks wery much like He-100 with enlarged wings 'normal' radiator.
     
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