U.S. WW2 Infantry Rifle Company Weapons (1941-1945)
As the war unfolded, American industry eventually equipped its fighting forces with proper tools for the job at hand.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 16 U.S. WW2 Infantry Rifle Company 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 M1917 had the distinction of fighting in World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War and the Vietnam War - quite the testament to her original design.
Though introduced during World War 1, the M1918 found its true value in the many conflicts involving it in the post-war years including World War 2, Korea and the Vietnam War.
The Browning M1919 air-cooled machine gun continued the stellar Browning legacy as a reliable battlefield weapon.
The classic Browning M2HB represented the heavy-barrel evolution of the original M2 50-Caliber series of heavy machine guns.
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 M1 / M1A1 series of flamethrowers saw widespread us by American forces in the Pacific Theater.
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 M2 Flamethrower improved upon the lessons learned through operation of the M1 system.
The M3 Grease Gun was simple to operate and cheap to produce - important factors for a wartime weapon.
The Mk 2 series of hand grenades in US service were standardized in 1920 and lived on through the 1960s.
God bless the French - the French-inspired 60mm M2 served the American soldier from World War 2 to the Vietnam War.
The Mortar, 81mm M1, was another French-inspired weapon that went on to see successful combat actions with American forces in World War 2, Korea and Vietnam.