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    World War 2 U.S. Infantry Regiment Weapons (1939-1945)

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

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





    The American Rifle Company of World War 2 proved the spearhead of the battalion and evolved along with the conflict. Initially, the 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 self-loading rifles, M1 Carbine semi-automatic rifles, .45 caliber pistol sidearms and 60mm infantry mortars (the latter as part of the "mortar section"). Snipers (those individual elements with scoped M1903 Springfield bolt-action rifles) were assigned by the platoon leader to the best marksman in the platoon and submachine guns were assigned as required / available in place of an M1 Garand service rifle. 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 that included an NCO, the flamethrower "handler" and his direct 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 as well as one ammunition handler. Medics were unarmed and staffed by the Battalion Surgeon. American field surgeons were regarded as among the best of any army fielded in the whole of World War 2.


    There are a total of (16) World War 2 U.S. Infantry Company-Level Weapons (only official standardized equipment listed) (1939-1945) 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. While the war officially spanned 1939-1945, the United States did not declare war until December 1941 following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.




    1917
    Browning M1917 (Model 1917)
    The Browning M1917 machine gun became one of those rare weapons in American military history that we... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Browning M1917 (Model 1917)

    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 soldie... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)

    1919
    Browning M1919 GPMG
    Like many of the infantry weapons made available to American servicemen of World War 2 (1939-1945), ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Browning M1919 GPMG

    1921
    Browning M2 (HMG)
    Very few machine guns in the history of the world own a legacy such as that of famous the Browning M... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Browning M2 (HMG)

    1911
    Colt M1911
    The Colt model M1911 series of pistols is one of the most successful small arms designs of the 20th ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Colt M1911

    1942
    M1 (Bazooka) / (2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1)
    The M1 "Bazooka" proved one of the stars of the Allied cause during World War 2 and eventually inspi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M1 (Bazooka) / (2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1)

    1941
    M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower
    There are many ways in which to decimate one's enemy - arguably one of the most terrible being fire.... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower

    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 e... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)

    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 men... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)

    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
    M2-2 / M9A1-7
    The M2 flamethrower (M2-2) served as the standard flamethrower of the US military during and after W... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the M2-2 / M9A1-7

    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)

    1918
    Mk II / Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
    The Mk II/Mk 2 series fragmentation grenade was the standard American Army infantry hand grenade fro... [Read More]
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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 ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Mortar, 60mm M2

    1935
    Mortar, 81mm M1
    The American M1 81mm Mortar, like the upcoming M2 60mm Mortar, was based on a French design by Edgar... [Read More]
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    1903
    Springfield M1903 (Model 1903)
    The M1903 "Springfield" bolt-action service rifle was the standard infantry rifle of the American Ar... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Springfield M1903 (Model 1903)