Isn’t it weird that in those days, people considered a .32 perfectly sufficient as a military weapon?I think he misses what today's military would refer to as a difference in doctrine, but which has it's root in philosophy: Americans were used to the thought of a pistol as a combat weapon, and they expected their officers (and pistol-armed specialists, AND law enforcement personnel) to actually use them that way. Europeans, on the other hand, saw pistols as badges of rank, to be used, if at all, to enforce discipline. Note British officers who "went over the top" in WWI equipped with nothing more dangerous than a swagger cane and a stiff upper lip.
That, in part, is what made the US Military deciding to adopt a 9mm pistol "for caliber commonality with NATO allies" such a joke: Not only do you have to be sharing a fighting position with a NATO ally for it to matter, he has to have a pistol.
***1. A lot of the blogs I read, I access directly.
2. Which links to View From The Porch: They don’t make ‘em like they used to… by Tamara.