Guns The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons  

Mike Rothschild
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List Rules Vote 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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M1 Garand Rifle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
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.

2
2,258 394
MG42 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
MG42
Super raid-fire German machine gun that outclassed all others.

3
1,903 323
MP40 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
MP40
Iconic German submachine gun, seen in countless war movies.

4
1,935 340
Colt M1911 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Colt M1911 Pistol
Standard US sidearm from 1911 until 1985.

5
1,988 353
Thompson Submachine Gun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Thompson Submachine Gun
Iconic "Tommy Gun" that was used by Allied forces around the world.

6
1,925 358
StG44 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
StG44
German fully-automatic assault rifle - the first of its kind.

7
1,830 336
Browning Automatic Rifle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Browning Automatic Rifle
Main light machine gun used by US infantry.

8
1,779 324
M2 Browning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
M2 Browning
50 caliber machine gun used by US forces from 1933 until now.

9
949 208
Mk 2 Pineapple Grenade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Mk 2 Pineapple Grenade
Iconic American grenade. 

10
1,329 350
Luger P08 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Luger P08
Iconic German officer's pistol that was prized by Allied troops as a war trophy.

11
1,181 318
Bazooka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Bazooka
US antitank rocket launcher that became a pop culture icon.

12
912 234
Panzerschreck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Panzerschreck
German Anti-Tank weapon based off of the American made Bazooka

13
1,147 323
Karabiner 98k is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Karabiner 98k
Standard rifle of the German Army in World War 2. Nearly 15 million were made.

14
911 249
Panzerfaust is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Panzerfaust

15
1,075 319
M1919 Browning Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
M1919 Browning Machine Gun
Mainstay light machine gun of US infantry, and also used on aircraft and tanks.

16
1,248 391
M1 Carbine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
M1 Carbine
Short-range rifle used by US troops with specialized training.

17
693 174
Springfield M1903a4 sniper rif... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Springfield M1903a4 sniper rifle
Very accurate.

18
1,048 323
PPSh-41 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
PPSh-41
Standard close-range submachine gun of the Soviet Army. Cheap, easy to make, and deadly.

19
697 184
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M2 Flamethrower
Flamethrower used by the US military for clearing out bunkers and trenches.

20
1,070 338
Lee-Enfield Rifle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Lee-Enfield Rifle
Standard British, Canadian, and Australian infantry rifle.

21
769 241
Mg34 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Mg34

22
920 321
Walther P38 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Walther P38
Standard German army service pistol of World War 2.

23
769 259
Model 24 Stielhandgranate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Iconic "potato masher" hand grenade used by Germany.

24
881 334
Sten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
Sten
Cheap and easily produced British submachine gun.

25
650 230
Gewehr 43 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic World War 2 Weapons
steven-culak added Gewehr 43