Heading into World War 2, the standard infantryman changed little from his World War 1 counterpart. The basic bolt-action rifle was still in widespread circulation and armies were slow to adopt, and appreciate, the compact firepower of the submachine gun. In time, the War evolved the warfighter on all fronts, arming him through self-loading rifles, more potent hand greanades and supplying him with portable suppression firepower. Coupled with well-planned air strikes and armored offensives, the infantryman of World War 2 grew into a more modern battlefield piece. The lessons learned in this year's long conflict were carried over into the various wars of the 20th Century that followed.
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