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WW2 US Paratrooper Guns (1941-1945)

The American paratrooper became a critical component of Allied success during World War 2 - made possible in part by the tools available to him.

WW2 US Paratrooper Guns (1941-1945)

The American paratrooper became a critical component of Allied success during World War 2 - made possible in part by the tools available to him.

OVERVIEW



The paratrooper came into his own during the fighting of World War 2 (1939-1945) and were used by all sides of the conflict to take key positions by surprise. This class of infantry posed some problems for warplanners for they needed to be lightly armed due to their limited carrying capacity yet still hold enough firepower to overtake enemies. As such, various solutions were engineered throughout the war to supply airborne infantry with capable weapons in which to take the fight to the enemy, capture terrain, and hold out for the arrival of the main fighting force. Airborne elements were key to the early German invasions across Europe, in the Normandy landings, and during the famous 'Bridge Too Far' campaign.


There are a total of 13 WW2 US Paratrooper Guns (1941-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.





Browning M1919 GPMG
Medium Machine Gun (MMG)
Picture of the Browning M1919 GPMG
001
National Flag Graphic
1919
Colt M1911
Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
Picture of the Colt M1911
002
National Flag Graphic
1911
M1 (Bazooka) / (2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1)
Reusable, Shoulder-Fired, Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
Picture of the M1 (Bazooka) / (2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1)
003
National Flag Graphic
1942
M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
Semi-Automatic / Full-Automatic Carbine
Picture of the M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
004
National Flag Graphic
1942
M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)
Self-Loading Rifle (SLR) / Battle Rifle
Picture of the M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)
005
National Flag Graphic
1936
ADVERTISEMENTS
M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
Submachine Gun (SMG)
Picture of the M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
006
National Flag Graphic
1938
M17 (T2 Grenade)
Rifle Grenade
Picture of the M17 (T2 Grenade)
007
National Flag Graphic
1941
M2 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M2)
Select-Fire Automatic Carbine
Picture of the M2 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M2)
008
National Flag Graphic
1944
M3 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M3)
Sniper Carbine Rifle
Picture of the M3 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M3)
009
National Flag Graphic
1944
Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
Fragmentation Hand Grenade
Picture of the Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
0010
National Flag Graphic
1918
Mortar, 60mm M19
Light Infantry Mortar
Picture of the Mortar, 60mm M19
0011
National Flag Graphic
1942
Mortar, 60mm M2
Light Infantry Mortar
Picture of the Mortar, 60mm M2
0012
National Flag Graphic
1940
Mortar, 81mm M1
81mm Medium Infantry Mortar
Picture of the Mortar, 81mm M1
0013
National Flag Graphic
1935


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