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    World War 2 Submachine Guns (1939-1945)

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/3/2016

    Born in the trenches of World War 1, the Submachine Gun became a refined instrument of war during World War 2.





    There are a total of (30) World War 2 Submachine Guns (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1942
    AUSTEN SMG
    With the impending Japanese threat to Australia, and its allies in the United States and Britain tie... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the AUSTEN SMG

    1918
    Beretta Model 1918
    While the Italians developed and issued the first submachine gun in World War 1, it was hardly the q... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Beretta Model 1918

    1942
    Beretta Model 38/42/43/44)
    The Italian Army of World War 2 went into the conflict with the very modern Beretta Model 1938A subm... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Beretta Model 38/42/43/44)

    1938
    Beretta Model 38A
    Italian submachine guns were born from the original Fiat-Revelli Modello 1915 "Villar-Perosa" weapon... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Beretta Model 38A

    1921
    Beretta OVP Modello 1918
    The Italians in World War 1 (1914-1918) inadvertently created what was essentially the world's first... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Beretta OVP Modello 1918

    1918
    Bergmann MP18/I (Maschinenpistole 18/I)
    While much of the attention of early submachine guns is ultimately paid to the Germans and their MP1... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Bergmann MP18/I (Maschinenpistole 18/I)

    1943
    Blyskawica SMG
    Under Adolf Hitler's direction, the German military began the invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Blyskawica SMG

    1938
    Ceska Zbrojovka ZK-383
    The ZK-383 was a local Czech development of a submachine gun system brought about prior to World War... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Ceska Zbrojovka ZK-383

    1944
    Giandoso TZ-45
    The Italians were the first to introduce the machine gun and this was during 1915 in the midst of Wo... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Giandoso TZ-45

    1941
    Lanchester (SMG)
    After the heroic evacuation of the Dunkirk survivors and the subsequent Fall of France in 1940, the ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lanchester (SMG)

    1938
    M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
    The Thompson series of submachine guns (not quite a pistol yet not a full-fledged machine gun) began... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)

    1943
    M3 (Grease Gun)
    The M3 "Grease Gun" was an economical weapons design meant to arm large quantities of American troop... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M3 (Grease Gun)

    1944
    M3A1 (Grease Gun) Suppressed
    Designed in 1942 with serial production beginning in 1943, the original M3/M3A1 "Grease Gun" submach... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M3A1 (Grease Gun) Suppressed

    1939
    MAS 38 (Pistolet Mitrailleur MAS modele 38)
    World War 1 introduced the concept of "machine pistols" to help bridge the gap between the portable ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the MAS 38 (Pistolet Mitrailleur MAS modele 38)

    1945
    MP3008 (Maschinenpistole 3008)
    1945 proved a disastrous year for the German military. By April, Hitler's territories had shrunk to ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the MP3008 (Maschinenpistole 3008)

    1938
    MP38 (Maschinenpistole 38)
    The MP38 served as the predecessor to the well known MP40 series of mass-produced submachine guns de... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the MP38 (Maschinenpistole 38)

    1940
    MP40 (Maschinenpistole 40)
    As the original German Army MP38 submachine gun series proving a success, it was also too expensive ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the MP40 (Maschinenpistole 40)

    1941
    MP41 (Maschinenpistole 41) / (Schmeisser)
    German weapons engineer Hugo Schmeisser lent his talents to the design of the famous MP18 (Maschinen... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the MP41 (Maschinenpistole 41) / (Schmeisser)

    1943
    Orita Model 1941
    The Romanian Army of World War 2 (1939-1945) utilized a variety of foreign-born weapons during its p... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Orita Model 1941

    1941
    Owen SMG (Owen Machine Carbine)
    Despite its obvious battlefield value today, world militaries took some time to warm up to the idea ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Owen SMG (Owen Machine Carbine)

    1935
    PPD SMG
    The submachine became a Soviet Army staple in World War 2 when automatic weapons were selected ahead... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the PPD SMG

    1942
    PPS-42 / PPS-43
    The PPS submachine gun was designed by Leningrad engineer A. I. Sudayev in 1942. Leningrad was encir... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the PPS-42 / PPS-43

    1941
    PPSh-41 (Pistolet-Pulemyot Shpagina 41)
    The Soviet Army began experimentation of submachine gun class weapons in the latter half of the 1920... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the PPSh-41 (Pistolet-Pulemyot Shpagina 41)

    1941
    Reising Model 50 (M50/M55)
    Before the arrival of the various classic American firearms of World War 2 such as the M1 Thompson, ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Reising Model 50 (M50/M55)

    1930
    Solothurn-Steyr S1-100 (MP34)
    Because of the restrictions placed upon it following its defeat in World War 1 (1914-1918), the nati... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Solothurn-Steyr S1-100 (MP34)

    1941
    STEN SMG
    The British STEN submachine gun is one of those rare firearms in history that was born of desperatio... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the STEN SMG

    1944
    Sterling Submachine Gun (L2A1)
    The submachine gun was developed as early as World War 1 but was not featured prominently in the bat... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Sterling Submachine Gun (L2A1)

    1931
    Suomi KP/-31 (Konepistooli m/31)
    When World War 2 began in September of 1939, Poland was split into two halves by the victors - the N... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Suomi KP/-31 (Konepistooli m/31)

    1942
    Type 100 SMG (100 Shiki Kikan-tanju)
    Despite their far-reaching strategic and tactical advances in the early stages of World War 2, the I... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Type 100 SMG (100 Shiki Kikan-tanju)

    1942
    United Defense UD-42 (Model 42 / M42)
    A myriad of varied weapon types proliferated the market during, and after, World War 2. Many were pu... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the United Defense UD-42 (Model 42 / M42)