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WW2 Artillery (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/20/2014

Just as in World War 1, the artillery piece an all important role during action in World War 2.

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There are a total of 84 WW2 Artillery Systems in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1916
10.5-cm leFH 16
When the once-fluid fronts of World War 1 degraded into trench warfare, all sides sought methods for dislodging the entrenche...
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1944
10.5-cm leFH 18/40
The 10.5-cm leFH 18/40 light howitzer appeared alongside the existing leFH 18 and the leFH 18M series of 105mm field howitzer...
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1944
100mm Model 1944 (BS-3)
The field gun has long remained a staple of any successful land force. Napoleon utilized his pieces with excellent results wh...
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1942
12.8cm FlaK 40
The 128mm FlaK 40 was one of the largest anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by the Germans in World War 2. Design of the t...
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1940
120mm Gun M1
The advent of aircraft as effective tools of war in World War 1 prompted the need for ground-based artillery to track and ult...
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1937
152mm Model 1937 (ML-20)
The Russian Empire held a working relationship with French military industry prior to World War 1. This led to development of...
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1943
152mm Model 1943 (D-1)
As barrel rifling and efficient recoil and breech mechanisms became widely accepted, national armies began development and ad...
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1917
15cm Kanone 16 (15cm K16)
Field guns of all types were used by all sides in World War 1 in an attempt to break down fortifications and dislodge enemy ...
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1938
15cm Kanone 18 (15cm K18)
The 15cm Kanone 18 series of long-barreled heavy artillery was developed during the German military build-up of the 1930s. Th...
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1939
15cm Kanone 39 (15cm K39)
There proved two major artillery manufacturers for the German Army throughout both World wars, these being Krupp and Rheinmet...
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1941
15cm Nebelwerfer 41 (15cm NbW 41)
Rocket design work by German engineers persisted throughout the 1920s and 1930s, leading to adoption of several rocket-projec...
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1914
15cm sFH 13 (15cm schwere Feldhaubitze 13)
The sFH 13 series heavy field howitzer was of German origin and saw combat throughout World War 1 and even into World War 2. ...
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1933
15cm sFH 18 (15cm schwere Feldhaubitze 18)
The 15-cm schwere Feldhaubitze 18 (sFH 18) became the standard 149mm howitzer for German Army divisions of World War 2 (1939-...
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1941
17cm Kanone 18 (17cm K18)
Adolf Hitler and his Germany had always held a fondness for big, powerful weapons and heavy howitzers proved no exception. A ...
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1932
203mm Howitzer Model 1931 (B-4)
The Soviet Army of World War 2 showcased a variety of large-caliber, heavy field guns during its march on Berlin. The most po...
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1938
21cm Kanone Eisenbahnlafette (21cm K12(E))
Because of the established railroad infrastructure of Europe during World War 1 (1914-1918), the railway gun came into promin...
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1916
21cm Morser 16 (21cm Mrs 16)
Due to the particular time period in history and the nature of trench warfare in general, artillery played a hugely important...
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1942
21cm Nebelwerfer 42 (21cm NbW 42)
The 21-cm Nebelwerfer 42 (translating to "smoke-thrower" or "smoke launcher" and also known under the shortened designation ...
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1940
25mm Air Defense Gun 72-K (M1940)
The Soviets had signed a secret non-aggregation pact with Nazi Germany on August 23rd, 1939 that came to be known as the "Tre...
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1935
2cm FlaK 30
The manufacturing automotive and defense firm of Rheinmetall-Borsig was given a defense contract by the German government to ...
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1911
30.5cm Belagerungsmorser (Schlanke Emma)
While much of the heavy artillery fanfare of World War 1 (1914-1918) goes to the German Empire's "Big Bertha" and similar hea...
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1943
30cm Nebelwerfer 42 (30cm NbW 42)
The 30cm Nebelwerfer 42 (NbW 42) was another German-designed and developed rocket projector of World War 2 (1939-1945), large...
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1932
40mm Bofors
Along with the Swiss 20mm Oerlikon, the Swedish 40mm Bofors became one of the most successful light anti-aircraft weapons of ...
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1937
45mm Model 1937 (53-K)
During its modernization initiative of the 1930s, the Soviet Army purchased a batch of the German Rheinmetall 37mm Anti-Tank ...
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1942
45mm Model 1942 (M-42)
As the effectiveness of the Soviet 45mm anti-tank gun Model 1937 dwindled in the face of newer German tank offerings, it was ...
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1936
5cm FlaK 41
During World War 2 (1939-1945), ground-based Anti-Aircraft (AA) defense ranged across several established "layers" and guns o...
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1915
6-Inch 26 cwt
The 6-inch 26 cwt howitzer was developed during World War 1 and was still in service at the beginning of World War 2. These w...
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1932
7.5cm leichtes Infanteriegeschutz 18
While no longer a major component of today's infantry units, the infantry support gun was a battlefield staple since the adve...
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1939
76mm Divisional Gun Model 1939 (M1939) (F-22 USV / USV / 76-36)
The 76mm Divisional Gun M1939 was developed to replace the 76mm Divisional Gun M1936 (F-22) system of similar scope in the So...
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1934
8.8cm FlaK 18 / FlaK 36 / FlaK 37 (German 88)
After World War 1 concluded in the armistice of November of 1918, the German Empire was held largely to blame by the victorio...
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1943
8.8cm FlaK 41
Leading up to World War 2, no other nation was seemingly on the same technological edge as the Germans who spent years prior ...
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1939
85mm Air Defense Gun Model 1939 (M1939) (KS-12 / 52-K)
Throughout the 1930s, aircraft development was evolving by leaps and bounds across the world. As such, air defense forces of ...
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1944
85mm Air Defense Gun Model 1944 (M1944) (KS-18)
The 85mm M1944 air defense gun (or "Model 1944" and also known as "KS-18") was nothing more than the original M1939 platform ...
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1935
Cannone da 47/32 M35
Based on an original Austrian design (by Bohler), the Cannone da 47/32 M35 was an Italian licensed-produced, local copy of th...
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1913
Cannone da 65/17 modello 13
In 1913, the Italian Army adopted a 65mm towed mountain gun artillery system intended for its specially trained mountain infa...
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1906
Cannone da 75/27 modello 06
Prior to World War 1, the Italian Army obtained a license production deal with the German concern of Krupp, makers of many ty...
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1913
Canon de 105 mle 1913 Schneider (L13S)
The Canon de 105 mle 1913 Schneider was a French artillery development with origins in a Russian Army 107mm design. Prior to ...
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1917
Canon de 155 C modele 1917 Schneider
The Canon de 155 C modele 1917 Schneider was a standardized French Army heavy field howitzer receiving its baptism of fire in...
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1917
Canon de 155 GPF mle 1917
Looking to fulfill a long-range heavy artillery requirement during World War 1 (1914-1918), the French undertook development ...
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1897
Canon de 75 modele 1897
One of the finest artillery pieces of her time and the first "true" modern artillery system adopted by a national army was th...
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1936
Krupp K5 (Anzio Annie)
During World War 1, the Krupp concern - a German industrial steel and weapons manufacturer - produced large caliber railway g...
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1944
Little David
In 1944, the United States War Department was planning for the invasion of the Japanese mainland and expecting to encounter v...
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1927
M1 Pack Howitzer / M116
The M1A1 Pack Howitzer was the standard howitzer for American forces in World War 2. The Pack design actually traced its root...
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1941
M114 155mm (155mm Howitzer M1)
Prior to its use of the M198 howitzer of 1979, the United States military (and many of its allies) relied on the World War 2-...
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1940
M115 (8-Inch Howitzer M1)
As with World War 1 decades before, World War 2 itself was a war of big guns and the United States committed much work to thi...
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1918
M1918 155 GPF
The 155mm (6.10 in) field gun was originally designed and built by France during World War I under the direction of one Colo...
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1943
M3 (105mm Howitzer M3)
World War 2 gave rise to the airborne trooper - light infantry airdropped into enemy territory for the purpose of lightning-q...
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1940
M3 37mm AT
Even before World War 2, the United States Army had already begun development of an anti-tank gun. The system was required to...
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1943
M45 Quadmount (Maxson)
As Allied forces continued their march against Berlin in the West of Europe during World War 2 (1939-1945), the need grew for...
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1939
M59 (M2 Long Tom)
When the American military went to Europe in World War 1 in 1917 they were in short supply of just about any war-making imple...
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1943
MT-13 (M1943)
The mortar as a weapon is one dating back to about the 12th Century or perhaps even earlier and most always credited to the C...
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1918
Navy Gun Car 14-Inch
The Navy Gun Car mounted a single ex-U.S. Navy 14" (360mm) /50 caliber main gun to an armored railway car. Some thirteen such...
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1941
Ordnance BL 5.5-inch
During World War 1, British and Commonwealth artillery regiments relied on their trusted BL 6-inch 26 cwt series medium field...
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1943
Ordnance QF 17-pounder
With full scale war across Europe in full swing, the battle tank was the forefront of any offensive armored spearhead. As the...
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1930
Ordnance QF 25-pounder
The British QF 25 pounder (or 25-pdr) was the gun of choice for various nations before, during and after World War Two. From ...
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1936
Ordnance QF 2-pounder
The rather promising Ordnance QF 2-pounder anti-tank gun suffered historically from entering operational service at a time wh...
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1942
Ordnance QF 6-pounder
The Ordnance QF 2-pdr anti-tank gun was barely adequate for tackling German tank armor at the start of World War 2. However, ...
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1936
PaK 35/36 (PanzerAbwehrKanone 35/36)
The 3.7-cm PaK 35/36 ("PaK" for "PanzerAbwehrKanone") was the standard-issue anti-tank cannon of the Wehrmacht by the time of...
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1940
PaK 38 (PanzerAbwehrKanone 38)
While the 37mm PaK 35/36 anti-tank cannon proved a success during its trial in the Spanish Civil War, German authorities knew...
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1941
PaK 40 (PanzerAbwehrKanone 40)
By 1939, the German Army had already matched current battlefield conditions with their design and development of the PaK 38 5...
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1944
Projector, Rocket 3-inch, No 8 Mk 1 (Land Mattress)
Compared to the Germans and the Soviets, the British (along with the Americans) were late in developing useful portable rocke...
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1920
Rock Island Arsenal M101
The first prototype was the M1 developed in 1920 by the Rock Island Arsenal. After long trials the M1 was replaced by the M2 ...
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1942
Type 1 47mm Anti-Tank Gun
The Japanese military was ultimately delivered a series of shortcomings that became readily apparent as World War 2 progresse...
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1905
Type 38 75mm
The Type 38 Field Gun of the Imperial Japanese Army held origins dating back to a German Krupp design. Local-license producti...
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1939
Type 55 (M1939)
The M1939 37mm anti aircraft weapon system is based on the Bofors 25mm Model 1933 gun system of 1935. It saw extensive action...
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1932
Type 90 75mm
The Type 90 was intended as a standardized 75mm field gun for the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) heading into World War 2 (1939...
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1932
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1941
ZiS-2 (M1941 / M1943)
Like other global military armies of World War 2, the Soviet Army eventually adopted an anti-tank gun in 57mm caliber. Howeve...
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1942
ZiS-3 (M1942)
One of the key pieces of field artillery available to the Soviet Army during World War 2 (1939-1945) was the "76mm (76.2mm) D...
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