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
Standard rifle of the US armed forces for two decades. Called "the greatest battle implement ever devised" by General George S. Patton.
Super raid-fire German machine gun that outclassed all others.
Iconic German submachine gun, seen in countless war movies.
Colt M1911 Pistol
Standard US sidearm from 1911 until 1985.
Thompson Submachine Gun
Iconic "Tommy Gun" that was used by Allied forces around the world.
50 caliber machine gun used by US forces from 1933 until now.
German fully-automatic assault rifle - the first of its kind.
Browning Automatic Rifle
Main light machine gun used by US infantry.
Mk 2 Pineapple Grenade
Iconic American grenade.
Iconic German officer's pistol that was prized by Allied troops as a war trophy.
US antitank rocket launcher that became a pop culture icon.
Standard rifle of the German Army in World War 2. Nearly 15 million were made.
steven-culak added Panzerschreck
German Anti-Tank weapon based off of the American made Bazooka
M1919 Browning Machine Gun
Mainstay light machine gun of US infantry, and also used on aircraft and tanks.
steven-culak added Panzerfaust
Short-range rifle used by US troops with specialized training.
Springfield M1903a4 sniper rifle
Standard close-range submachine gun of the Soviet Army. Cheap, easy to make, and deadly.
Flamethrower used by the US military for clearing out bunkers and trenches.
Standard British, Canadian, and Australian infantry rifle.
steven-culak added Mg34
Standard German army service pistol of World War 2.
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Iconic "potato masher" hand grenade used by Germany.
Cheap and easily produced British submachine gun.
steven-culak added Gewehr 43
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List Rules: Vote up the best and most important infantry weapons of World War 2.