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WW2 Machine Guns

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/18/2014

As in World War 1, the machine gun played a critical role in the successes and failures that were the battles of World War 2.

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There are a total of 46 WW2 Machine Guns in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1944
ALFA 44 (Ametralladora ALFA Modelo 44)
The ALFA Modelo 44 (or "ALFA 44") machine gun was an indigenously designed Spanish machine gun appearing during World War 2. ...
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1938
BESA (Gun, Machine, 7.92mm, BESA)
The British Arm heading into World War 2 adopted several machine guns of Czech design - the BREN Light Machine Gun being perh...
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1940
BESAL (Gun, Light, Machine, Faulkner, .303-inch)
During the critical early years of World War 2 (1939-1945), German forces held key northern French and Belgian territories wh...
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1930
Breda Modello 30 (Breda 30)
Prior to World War 1 (1914-1918), Breda Meccanica Bresciana (or simply "Breda") was a heavy industry supplier of locomotives....
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1938
BREN LMG
The BREN Light Machine Gun was the standard light machine gun of the British Army and Commonwealth forces throughout World Wa...
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1917
Browning M1917 (Model 1917)
The Browning M1917 machine gun became one of those rare weapons in American military history that went on to fight in most al...
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1918
Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)
The M1918 BAR ("Browning Automatic Rifle") was born out of the World War One idea of a single soldier armed with the power of...
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1919
Browning M1919 GPMG
Like many of the infantry weapons made available to American servicemen of World War 2 (1939-1945), the Browning M1919 shared...
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1921
Browning M2 (HMG)
Very few machine guns in the history of the world own a legacy such as that of famous the Browning M2 heavy machine gun serie...
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1921
Carl Gustav m/21-m37 (Kulsprutegevar KG m/21-m/37)
The Belgian concern of Fabrique National began license production of the famous M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) in 1920 ...
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1930
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 30
Czechoslovakia proved itself a most capable arms developer during the interwar years between World War 1 (1914-1918) and Worl...
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1938
Ceska Zbrojovka ZK-383
The ZK-383 was a local Czech development of a submachine gun system brought about prior to World War 2. It combined the styli...
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1942
Charlton Automatic Rifle
Any study in World War 2 firearms largely covers those of the major participating world powers of the time. This naturally le...
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1929
Chatellerault Model 1929 (modele 1924/29)
Prior to World War 2, a reliable squad level light machine gun eluded the French military for a considerable number of years....
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1895
Colt Browning M1895 (Potato Digger)
Convinced of the inherent value of machine guns based on experiences in the Spanish American War of 1898 (and not wholly sold...
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1928
Degtyarev DP LMG (DP28)
The DP Light Machine Gun (DP LMG), sometimes known as the DP-27 or DP-28 and nicknamed the "Record Player" due to its unique ...
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1943
Degtyarev DPM LMG
While the Degtyarev DP series of light machine guns proved a highly serviceable suppression weapon in its position among the ...
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1938
DShK Model 1938
The Soviet DShK Model 1938 heavy machine gun was developed to a Red Army requirement prior to World War 2 (1939-1945) to repl...
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1930
Fabrique Nationale FN M1930 (BAR)
The original Browning Automatic Rifle was developed for the US Army during World War 1 to replace the French Chauchat and Hot...
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1933
Fabrique Nationale FN M2HB
Like other John Browning gun designs, his famous Browning M2 Heavy Machine Gun ended up produced in Europe (Belgium) under th...
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1932
Fabrique Nationale FN Mle D (BAR)
The original John Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) was introduced during World War 1 with American forces and sa...
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1942
Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42 / FjG42)
The Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 (FG42) was developed specifically for the lightly armed and mobile German paratrooper element ar...
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1914
FIAT-Revelli Modello 1914
The FIAT-Revelli Modello 1914 (Machine Gun, System Revelli, Model 14) was the first large-scale indigenously-designed and dev...
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1935
FIAT-Revelli Modello 1935
The FIAT-Revelli Model 1935 (Modello 35) of 1935 was a modernization of the World War 1-era FIAT-Revelli Model 1914, first te...
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1943
Goryunov SG-43 HMG
For the Soviet Army of World War 2, the ages old PM Model 1910 was a serviceable, reliable weapon for the machine gun role. H...
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1909
Hotchkiss Model 1909 (Mle 1909 / Benet-Mercie)
Design of the M1909 was brought about by a new French requirement looking to provide ground elements with a "light" automatic...
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1914
Hotchkiss Model 1914 (Mle 1914)
During the late 1800s, there only existed a few proven "true" machine gun concepts anywhere in the world. Countless attempts ...
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1941
Johnson Model 1941 LMG
The Johnson Model 1941 Light Machine Gun was a product of the Cranston Arms Company from Providence, Rhode Island, and classi...
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1940
KG m/40 LMG (Knorr-Bremse)
The lead-up to World War 2 (1939-1945) provided many weapons with the avenue needed to see serial production and combat servi...
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1914
Lewis Machine Gun
American Isaac Newton Lewis (1858-1931) served in the United States Army and lent his talents to invention when possible. In ...
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1932
Maschinengewehr Modell 15 (MG15)
The MG 15 machine gun served the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) heading into, and during, World War 2 (1939-1945). It was deriv...
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1936
Maschinengewehr Modell 34 (MG34)
Before the MG42 became the principle machine gun of the German Army in World War Two, the MG34 was enjoying all the attention...
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1942
Maschinengewehr Modell 42 (MG42)
The MG 42 (full designation of Maschinengewehr Modell 42) was a direct result of the small arms shortages that plagued German...
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1908
Maxim MG08 (Maschinengewehr 08)
The Maxim MG08 (or "Maschinengewehr 08") was a copy of the original machine gun as developed by Sir Hiram S. Maxim in 1884. H...
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1934
Mendoza C-1934 (M1934)
Mexico is not a nation one thinks about when they think of indigenous firearms design and development. However, engineer Raph...
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1945
Mendoza Model 45
While the original Mendoza C-1934 light machine gun was already in circulation with the Mexican Army prior to and during Worl...
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1900
Mondragon Rifle (Fusil Mondragon)
The Mondragon Rifle is noted as becoming one of the first semi-automatic/full-automatic service rifle to be adopted in quanti...
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1910
Pulemet Maksima Obrazets Model 1910 (PM Model 1910)
Like other turn-of-the-century world powers, the Russians adopted the famous Maxim Machine Gun - a weapon being the brainchil...
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1945
RPD (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova)
Developed as a portable, squad-level light machine gun, the RPD ("Ruchnoy Pulemot Degtyaryova" - "Hand-Held Machine Gun of De...
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1905
Schwarzlose MG
Prussian-German gunsmith Andreas Wilhelm Schwarzlose developed a line of machine guns that became the standardized water-cool...
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1922
Type 11 (Light Machine Gun)
The Type 11 was a light machine gun system utilized by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) and developed and accepted into servi...
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1932
Type 92 Shiki Kikanju (HMG)
The Type 92 Shiki Kikanju Heavy Machine Gun was utilized as the standard heavy machine gun by the Imperial Japanese Army duri...
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1936
Type 96 (Light Machine Gun)
The Type 96 Light Machine Gun served with the Imperial Japanese Army from 1936 to the end of World War 2 in 1945. Intended to...
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1939
Type 99 LMG
The Type 99 served the Imperial Japanese Army during most of World War 2. It was designed to take advantage of the newer and ...
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1912
Vickers Machine Gun (Gun, Machine, Vickers, .303in, Mk 1)
Like most other medium support machine systems born around the turn of the century, the British Vickers Medium Machine Gun or...
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1925
Vickers-Berthier (VB) Light Machine Gun
The Vickers-Berthier was a British light machine gun design originally introduced by a Frenchman, passed on by the Americans ...
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