U.S. WW2 Airborne Infantry (Paratrooper) Weapons (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.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 11 U.S. WW2 Airborne Infantry (Paratrooper) Weapons (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.
The Browning M1919 air-cooled machine gun continued the stellar Browning legacy as a reliable battlefield weapon.
The Colt M1911A1 is regarded by many as the most successful semi-automatic pistol design of her time - seeing consistent action in a plethora of conflicts during the 1900s.
The United States Army enjoyed considerable success with its simplistic Bazooka rocket launcher series.
The lightweight M1 Carbine proved a reliable and robust American firearm during World War 2 and beyond.
The M1 Garand was the principle frontline rifle of American forces worldwide for a time - it saw considerable action in World War 2 and Korea.
The famous M1 Thompson Submachine Gun of World War 2 fame was a fantastic piece of firearms engineering for its time.
The M17 Rifle Grenade was the standard rifle grenade series used by American troops during World War 2.
The Mk 2 series of hand grenades in US service were standardized in 1920 and lived on through the 1960s.
The handy M19 60mm mortar was intended to replace the M2 60mm but suffered from weak range and accuracy issues.
God bless the French - the French-inspired 60mm M2 served the American soldier from World War 2 to the Vietnam War.