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The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons

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List RulesVote up the best and most important infantry weapons of World War 2.

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!

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  • 1
    2,821
    467

    MG42

    Super raid-fire German machine gun that outclassed all others.
  • 2
    3,042
    513

    M1 Garand Rifle

    Standard rifle of the US armed forces for two decades. Called "the greatest battle implement ever devised" by General George S. Patton.
  • 3
    2,476
    415

    Thompson Submachine Gun

    Iconic "Tommy Gun" that was used by Allied forces around the world.
  • 4
    2,451
    412

    MP40

    Iconic German submachine gun, seen in countless war movies.
  • 5
    2,383
    414

    Colt M1911 Pistol

    Standard US sidearm from 1911 until 1985.
  • 6
    2,186
    376

    M2 Browning

    50 caliber machine gun used by US forces from 1933 until now.
  • 7
    2,401
    434

    StG44

    German fully-automatic assault rifle - the first of its kind.
  • 8
    2,176
    433

    Browning Automatic Rifle

    Main light machine gun used by US infantry.
  • 9
    1,438
    315

    Mk 2 Pineapple Grenade

    Iconic American grenade. 
  • 10
    1,773
    425

    Luger P08

    Iconic German officer's pistol that was prized by Allied troops as a war trophy.
  • 11
    1,526
    366

    Karabiner 98k

    Standard rifle of the German Army in World War 2. Nearly 15 million were made.
  • 12
    1,546
    372

    Bazooka

    US antitank rocket launcher that became a pop culture icon.
  • 13
    1,408
    349

    PPSh-41

    Standard close-range submachine gun of the Soviet Army. Cheap, easy to make, and deadly.
  • 14
    1,415
    360

    Lee-Enfield Rifle

    Standard British, Canadian, and Australian infantry rifle.
  • 15
    1,121
    273

    Springfield M1903a4 sniper rifle

    Very accurate.
  • 16
    1,364
    349

    M1919 Browning Machine Gun

    Mainstay light machine gun of US infantry, and also used on aircraft and tanks.
  • 17
    1,294
    332

    Panzerschreck

    German Anti-Tank weapon based off of the American made Bazooka
  • 18
    1,296
    348

    Panzerfaust

  • 19
    1,557
    435

    M1 Carbine

    Short-range rifle used by US troops with specialized training.
  • 20
    1,068
    282

    Model 24 Stielhandgranate

    Iconic "potato masher" hand grenade used by Germany.
  • 21
    1,032
    272

    M2 Flamethrower

    Flamethrower used by the US military for clearing out bunkers and trenches.
  • 22
    1,079
    301

    Mg34

  • 23
    1,207
    358

    Walther P38

    Standard German army service pistol of World War 2.
  • 24
    1,191
    379

    Sten

    Cheap and easily produced British submachine gun.
  • 25
    864
    272

    Ka-bar Knife

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List Rules: Vote up the best and most important infantry weapons of World War 2.