Infantry weapons of World War 2 began mostly as the standard issue weapons that had been used in World War 1, but by the end of the war, numerous modern assault rifles, automatic pistols, and machine guns were being made. These weapons were made in the millions, and some were the standard issue in front line forces around the world well into the 1970s.
Rifles like the M1 Garand, Lee-Enfield, and German Karabiner 98, along with the famous Tommy Gun, Sten Gun and MP44 are familiar from countless war movies and documentaries. These weapons changed the nature of combat, allowing soldiers to lay down constant fire, and produced in gigantic quantities. Indeed, many irregular forces in conflict-ridden hot spots still use weapons made in the 40s, bought from one of the superpowers on surplus or captured through other means.
These are the most iconic weapons of World War 2. Vote up the ones with the most power and iconic status!
MG42Super raid-fire German machine gun that outclassed all others.
M1 Garand Rifle
Thompson Submachine GunIconic "Tommy Gun" that was used by Allied forces around the world.
MP40Iconic German submachine gun, seen in countless war movies.
Colt M1911 PistolStandard US sidearm from 1911 until 1985.
M2 Browning50 caliber machine gun used by US forces from 1933 until now.
StG44German fully-automatic assault rifle - the first of its kind.
Browning Automatic RifleMain light machine gun used by US infantry.
Mk 2 Pineapple GrenadeIconic American grenade.
Luger P08Iconic German officer's pistol that was prized by Allied troops as a war trophy.
Karabiner 98kStandard rifle of the German Army in World War 2. Nearly 15 million were made.
BazookaUS antitank rocket launcher that became a pop culture icon.
PPSh-41Standard close-range submachine gun of the Soviet Army. Cheap, easy to make, and deadly.
Lee-Enfield RifleStandard British, Canadian, and Australian infantry rifle.
Springfield M1903a4 sniper rifleVery accurate.
M1919 Browning Machine GunMainstay light machine gun of US infantry, and also used on aircraft and tanks.
PanzerschreckGerman Anti-Tank weapon based off of the American made Bazooka
M1 CarbineShort-range rifle used by US troops with specialized training.
Model 24 StielhandgranateIconic "potato masher" hand grenade used by Germany.
M2 FlamethrowerFlamethrower used by the US military for clearing out bunkers and trenches.
Walther P38Standard German army service pistol of World War 2.
StenCheap and easily produced British submachine gun.