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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.





#1
1917
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Browning M1917 (Model 1917)
Browning M1917 (Model 1917)
Belt-Fed, Water-Cooled Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
#2
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)
Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)
Light Machine Gun (LMG) / Squad Support Weapon
#3
1919
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Browning M1919 GPMG
Browning M1919 GPMG
Medium Machine Gun (MMG)
#4
1921
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Browning M2 (HMG)
Browning M2 (HMG)
Multi-role Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
#5
1911
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Colt M1911
Colt M1911
Semi-Automatic Service Pistol
ADVERTISEMENTS
#6
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
#7
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower
M1 / M1A1 Flamethrower
Portable Infantry Flamethrower
#8
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
#9
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
#10
1938
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
Submachine Gun (SMG)
#11
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
#12
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M2-2 / M9A1-7
M2-2 / M9A1-7
Man-Portable Backpack Infantry Flamethrower
#13
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M3 (Grease Gun)
M3 (Grease Gun)
Submachine Gun (SMG)
#14
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the M3 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M3)
M3 Carbine (US Carbine, Caliber 30, M3)
Sniper Carbine Rifle
#15
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
Mk 2 (Pineapple Hand Grenade)
Fragmentation Hand Grenade
#16
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mortar, 60mm M2
Mortar, 60mm M2
Light Infantry Mortar
#17
1935
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mortar, 81mm M1
Mortar, 81mm M1
81mm Medium Infantry Mortar
#18
1903
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Springfield Model 1903 (M1903)
Springfield Model 1903 (M1903)
Bolt-Action Service Rifle / Sniper Rifle