Weapons The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons  

Mike Rothschild
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World War 1 weapons run the gamut from bolt action rifles like the Gewehr 98 and Lee-Enfield to sophisticated machine guns like the Lewis Gun and pistols used well into the 20th Century, like the Colt 1911. The First World War involved a great modernizing of armies, weapons, and tactics, and as the very nature of war changed from offensive to static, so too did the weapons needed to fight that war.

Just as one example, in 1914, French soldiers went into battle wearing blue pants, red tops, and white gloves - the same uniforms used in the Napoleonic Wars a century earlier. Soldiers marched in tight formations, vulnerable to massed machine gun fire. And many of the weapons they were using had been made before the turn of the century. But within a few months, all of the armies of the war had modernized, becoming the modern killing machines that would fight for the next four years.

The weapons of the First World War needed to be sturdy, powerful, and cheap to make. And so millions of rifles, pistols, automatic rifles, and machine guns were produced, along with tens of millions of grenades, and quite likely over 100 million artillery shells. These weapons turned out to be so effective that they were used in mass quantities in World War 2 and beyond.

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Lee-Enfield Rifle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Lee-Enfield Rifle Reliable and fast rifle used well into World War 2.

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Mauser Gewehr 98 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Mauser Gewehr 98 Primary rifle of the Imperial German Army. Extremely accurate, but not suited for rapid fire.

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319 85
Luger P08 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Luger P08 Pistol Famous German sidearm of World War 1 and 2.

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267 64
Lewis Gun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Lewis Gun Light machine gun used by both British and American infantry and aircraft in WW1.

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327 91
M1911 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
M1911 Pistol American sidearm used extensively during the 20th Century.

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237 69
MP18 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
MP18 Close-range submachine gun used by German stormtroopers in 1918.

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216 60
Maschinengewehr 08 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Maschinengewehr 08 Standard German machine gun for infantry and aircraft. Caused enormous casualties in trench warfare.

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200 64
Mauser C96 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Mauser C96 Pistol A 9mm version was made in WW1 to help fill the German army's demand for pistols.

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198 64
Vickers Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Vickers Machine Gun Widely-deployed British machine gun, used extensively on the Western Front.

10
242 88
Browning Automatic Rifle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Browning Automatic Rifle Light machine gun used by US forces in World War 1.

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178 59
Flammenwerfer M.16. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Flammenwerfer M.16. The first flamethrower ever used in combat, and a mainstay of trench warfare.

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205 77
M1903 Springfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
M1903 Springfield Standard American rifle at the end of the war. Was still used by snipers in Vietnam.

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173 62
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Winchester 1897 Trench Gun So deadly at close range that the Germans tried in vain to get combat shotguns banned.

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161 61
Model 24 Stielhandgranate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Model 24 Stielhandgranate Iconic German "potato masher" stick grenade used in both World Wars.

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158 75
Mosin–Nagant M91 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Mosin–Nagant M91 Standard Russian infantry rifle for both World War 1 and World War 2.

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119 51
Madsen Light Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Madsen Light Machine Gun Danish-made light machine gun used by both Allied and Entente forces.

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49 8
browning m1917 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a heavey machine gun used by the usa and made by john browning

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126 67
M1917 Enfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
M1917 Enfield American version of the standard British rifle. Used in mass quantities by US troops.

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120 66
Webley Mk VI is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Webley Mk VI Standard British service pistol during the World Wars.

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114 68
F1 Grenade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
F1 Grenade French hand grenade used by Allied forces, and later by both sides in the Russian Civil War.

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44 15
T gewehr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a german anti tank rifle disigned after gewehr rifles 

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38 11
bayonet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a large knife you attach to your rifle to make it like a spear during melee combat

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33 9
remington model 10 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a powerful pump action shotgun made in 1910

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30 7
enfield mark 1 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an older model of the lee enfiled used by england in ww1

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90 61
Schwarzlose MG is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Schwarzlose MG Standard Austro-Hungarian light machine gun.

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34 13
Kukri is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a machete like weapon from nepal that was mostly used by the gutkha who were fighting for the british

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34 15
browning auto 5 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a semi auto shot gun also made by john browning

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90 68
Roth–Steyr M1907 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Roth–Steyr M1907 Automatic pistol used by Austria-Hungarian cavalry. First automatic pistol used by any major land power.

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Mark I Trench Knife Combat knife that also had a brass knuckles hand guard and a skull-crushing bolt

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25 9
bowie knife is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a big knife made for survival and combat 

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23 8
m 1917 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a usa made revolver and the most powerful handgun of ww1

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29 17
trench club is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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homemade blute weapons made by soulders when they where not given any melee weapons they would usally have nails droven in to the or barbed wire wraped around it 

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21 11
beretta 1915 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an italian hand gun that would later inspire handguns of today

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22 13
gewehr 1888 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an older modle of the gewehr rifle

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19 11
double barreled shotgun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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used by russia in the ww1 and ww2. it was also uesd by the arabs 

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70 67
Mannlicher M1895 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Mannlicher M1895 Main rifle of the Austro-Hungarian, Bulgarian, and Romanian armies.

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63 60
Rast & Gasser M1898 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Rast & Gasser M1898 Standard revolver of the Austro-Hungarian army. Also used by Italy and Balkan states.

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19 13
cavalry saber is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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swords that are used for the cavalry however they could be used on foot

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18 12
frommer stop is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a hungarian blow back pistol that with a 32acp bullet 

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62 61
Beholla Pistol is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Beholla Pistol Secondary automatic pistol of the Imperial German army.

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18 13
winchester 1895 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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lever action rifle of ww1 used by russia

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14 9
luger carbine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a model of the luger that had a long barrel and could be mounted with a stock

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trench knife old model is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an older model of the trench knife

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rsc 1917 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a french semi auto rifle

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16 12
hotchkiss 1914 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an air cooled machine gun feed by 30 round belts

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13 9
mondragon m1908 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a semi auto rifle used by the germans althougth it has spanish origns 

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mannlicher 1888 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an older model of the mannlicher used in the war 

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18 15
arisaka type 38 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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japans main rifle of ww1 

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8 4
bethlehem steel 37mm cannon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an artillery cannon used by the british 

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14 12
molotov cocktail is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a homemade fire bomb that was used by the greeks and russians