World War 2 marked a turning point in the development of weapons used for warfare. Many of the traditional ways of fighting were being replaced by advancements in technology such as the cavalry being useless against the advancement of the armored tank. The war saw numerous innovations made by every country in their weaponry that has been popularized in movies, TV, and video games. Here is 11 of some of the most famous weapons used in World War 2.
1. M1 Garand
The first semi-automatic rifle to be used in active military service. The M1 Garand is distinctly remembered the most for its unique “en bloc” clip that made a loud ping sound when the last round is discharged.
2. Thompson SMG
There are two notable variations of the Thompson. The first is the SMG used in WW2 and the second is the “Tommy Gun” used during the prohibition era with a forward grip and drum magazine.
3. Karabiner 98k
The bolt action rifle, manufactured by Mauser, was the primary infantry rifle for the German army.
4. M1 Carbine
The carbine version of the Garand rifle; used mainly as an alternative to an SMG and preferred by paratroopers.
The Maschiengewehr 1942 is also known as “Hitler’s buzzsaw” for the sound made when fired.
6. M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR)
Built for the purpose of being used for ‘walking fire,’ a tactic used in WW1. The rifle was used in WW2 as a light machine gun, fired from a bi-pod.
7. Colt M1911
.45 caliber, single action, semi-automatic standard issue handgun to US Armed Forces. Was used in service from 1911 till 1985.
The British standard issue bolt action rifle. Remained in British service until the mid 60’s.
The German standard SMG, the MP40 was incredibly reliable and cost effective.
10. Luger PO8
The standard sidearm for the Germany army. The Luger was heavily favored as souvenirs by American soldiers.
Most notable for its side-mounted magazine and favored by commandos and resistance fighters for its ease of assembly. Also fondly known for being used as the template for the blaster rifle wielded by Imperial Stormtroopers in Star Wars.