Weapons

The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons 

Mike Rothschild
Updated December 29, 2018 11.5k votes 1.4k voters 23.1k views 70 items

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.

Vote up the most effective and iconic weapons of World War 1.
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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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M1911 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
M1911 Pistol
American sidearm used extensively during the 20th Century.
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Luger P08 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Lewis Gun is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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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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Browning Automatic Rifle... is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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.
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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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M1903 Springfield is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Mauser C96 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Flammenwerfer M.16. is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Model 24 Stielhandgranat... 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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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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M1917 Enfield is listed (or ranked) 16 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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F1 Grenade is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Webley Mk VI is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Madsen Light Machine Gun... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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browning m1917 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added browning m1917

a heavey machine gun used by the usa and made by john browning

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bayonet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added bayonet

a large knife you attach to your rifle to make it like a spear during melee combat

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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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Schwarzlose MG is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Schwarzlose MG
Standard Austro-Hungarian light machine gun.
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T gewehr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added T gewehr

a german anti tank rifle disigned after gewehr rifles 

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Kukri is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added kukri

a machete like weapon from nepal that was mostly used by the gutkha who were fighting for the british