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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.





#1
1919
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Browning M1919 GPMG
Browning M1919 GPMG
Medium Machine Gun (MMG)
#2
1911
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Colt M1911
Colt M1911
Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
#3
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M1 (Bazooka) / (2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1)
M1 (Bazooka) / (2.36-inch Rocket Launcher M1)
Reusable, Shoulder-Fired, Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher
#4
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
Semi-Automatic / Full-Automatic Carbine
#5
1936
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)
M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)
Self-Loading Rifle (SLR) / Battle Rifle
ADVERTISEMENTS
#6
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
Submachine Gun (SMG)
#7
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M17 (T2 Grenade)
M17 (T2 Grenade)
Rifle Grenade
#8
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M2 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M2)
M2 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M2)
Select-Fire Automatic Carbine
#9
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M3 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M3)
M3 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M3)
Sniper Carbine Rifle
#10
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
Fragmentation Hand Grenade
#11
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mortar, 60mm M19
Mortar, 60mm M19
Light Infantry Mortar
#12
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mortar, 60mm M2
Mortar, 60mm M2
Light Infantry Mortar
#13
1935
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mortar, 81mm M1
Mortar, 81mm M1
81mm Medium Infantry Mortar