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WW2 United States Infantry Regiment Weapons

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

As the war unfolded, American industry eventually equipped her fighting forces with proper tools.

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The Rifle Company proved the spearhead of the American Army battalion and evolved with the war. Initially, the Infantry Rifle Company consisted of six officers to 187 enlisted personnel though, by June of 1945, this was rewritten as 6 officers to 236 enlisted men. The platoon was armed with M1 Garands, M1 Carbines, .45 caliber pistols and 60mm mortars (mortar section). Snipers (scoped M1903 Springfields) were assigned by the platoon leader to the best marksman in the platoon ad submachine guns were assigned as required/available in place of an M1 Garand. Hand grenades were standard for each infantryman. Three rifleman were further equipped with muzzle adapters for firing rifle grenades.


Specialized groups were then assigned to assault sections. Flamethrower teams were made up of three personnel to include an NCO, the flamethrower handler and his assistant. A wire cutter team was made up of four personnel - one NCO and three wiremen. An 81mm mortar team consisted of four personnel - one squad leader, one gunner and his assistant gunner and one ammunition handler. Medics were unarmed and staffed by the Battalion Surgeon. American field surgeons were among the best of any army in the whole of World War 2.


There are a total of 16 WW2 US Infantry Company-Level Weapons (only official standardized equipment) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Weaponry such as hand grenades and mortars are also included in this listing. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1942
2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1 (Bazooka)
The M1 "Bazooka" proved one of the stars of the Allied cause during World War 2 and went on to inspire the German "Panzerschr...
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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 US servicemen in the Second World War, the M1919 shared the common histor...
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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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1911
Colt M1911
The Colt model M1911 series of pistols is one of the most successful small arms designs of the 20th Century - and in all of w...
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1941
M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower
There are many ways in which to decimate one's enemy - arguably one of the most terrible being fire. Fire has remained a fear...
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1942
M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
The American arms industry reached all new heights with its commitment in World War 2. Much of the existing stock of guns wer...
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1936
M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)
Little discussion can be had on the subject of American infantrymen in World War Two without the mention of the highly-acclai...
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1938
M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
The Thompson series of submachine guns (not quite a pistol yet not a full-fledged machine gun) began life in 1919 following W...
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1943
M2 Flamethrower (M2-2)
The M2 flamethrower served as the standard flamethrower of the US military during and after World War 2, replacing the M1 and...
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1943
M3 (Grease Gun)
The M3 "Grease Gun" was an economical weapons design meant to arm large quantities of American troops with large quantities o...
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1918
Mk II / Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
The Mk II/Mk 2 series fragmentation grenade was the standard American Army infantry hand grenade from 1918 until the 1960s. P...
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1940
Mortar, 60mm M2
The M2 60mm light mortar served US Army and Marine forces in World War 2 and through the Korean and the Vietnam wars, becomin...
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1935
Mortar, 81mm M1
The American M1 81mm Mortar, like the upcoming M2 60mm Mortar, was based on a French design by Edgar William Brandt (1880-196...
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1903
Springfield M1903 (Model 1903)
The M1903 "Springfield" bolt-action service rifle was the standard infantry rifle of the American Army throughout its partici...
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