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WW2 US Inf. Rifle Company (1941-1945)

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

WW2 US Inf. Rifle Company (1941-1945)

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

OVERVIEW



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 18 WW2 US Inf. Rifle Company (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 M1917 (Model 1917)
Belt-Fed, Water-Cooled Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
Picture of the Browning M1917 (Model 1917)
001
National Flag Graphic
1917
Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)
Light Machine Gun (LMG)
Picture of the Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)
002
National Flag Graphic
1918
Browning M1919 GPMG
Medium Machine Gun (MMG)
Picture of the Browning M1919 GPMG
003
National Flag Graphic
1919
Browning M2 (HMG)
Multi-role Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
Picture of the Browning M2 (HMG)
004
National Flag Graphic
1921
Colt M1911
Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
Picture of the Colt M1911
005
National Flag Graphic
1911
ADVERTISEMENTS
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)
006
National Flag Graphic
1942
M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower
Portable Infantry Flamethrower
Picture of the M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower
007
National Flag Graphic
1941
M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
Semi-Automatic / Full-Automatic Carbine
Picture of the M1 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M1)
008
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)
009
National Flag Graphic
1936
M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
Submachine Gun (SMG)
Picture of the M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
0010
National Flag Graphic
1938
M2 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M2)
Select-Fire Automatic Carbine
Picture of the M2 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M2)
0011
National Flag Graphic
1944
M2-2 / M9A1-7
Man-Portable Backpack Infantry Flamethrower
Picture of the M2-2 / M9A1-7
0012
National Flag Graphic
1943
M3 (Grease Gun)
Submachine Gun (SMG)
Picture of the M3 (Grease Gun)
0013
National Flag Graphic
1943
M3 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M3)
Sniper Carbine Rifle
Picture of the M3 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M3)
0014
National Flag Graphic
1944
Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
Fragmentation Hand Grenade
Picture of the Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
0015
National Flag Graphic
1918
Mortar, 60mm M2
Light Infantry Mortar
Picture of the Mortar, 60mm M2
0016
National Flag Graphic
1940
Mortar, 81mm M1
81mm Medium Infantry Mortar
Picture of the Mortar, 81mm M1
0017
National Flag Graphic
1935
Springfield Model 1903 (M1903)
Bolt-Action Service Rifle / Sniper Rifle
Picture of the Springfield Model 1903 (M1903)
0018
National Flag Graphic
1903


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