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World War 2 German Weapons - Aircraft, Armor, Guns and Warships


The Germans in World War 2 maintained the battlefield advantage until about 1944 when their fortunes changed for the worse.

For much of the fighting in World War 2, the Germans held a certain mastery of the battlefield. The Luftwaffe fielded two of the best fighters in the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 and were the first service in the world to introduce a jet-powered fighter operationally. On land, their prowess in tank design was limited only by available resources and general reliability. The Navy proved another matter as the focus fell to the underater 'U-boat' fleet as opposed to development of mighty capital ships and aircraft carriers. In the end, the Germans found themselves on the losing side of yet another World War and were furthermore divided into an East and West state during the ensuing Cold War. Its military industry would require decades in a return to prominence.
COMBAT AIRCRAFT (ALL)
Our comprehensive listing of all known aircraft operated under the German banner during World War 2. Includes concepts and prototypes.
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FIGHTERS
Germany fielded two of the best fighter aircaft in all of the war in the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190.
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BOMBERS
One of Germany's failings in the war was not focusing on a viable heavy bomber force - much of its fleet consisted of light- and medium-types.
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FLYING BOATS
Flying boats proved crucial to intelligence-gathering, search-and-rescue and resupply-at-sea for the German military.
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JET AIRCRAFT
It was the Germans that beat the world in delivering the first operational-level jet-powered fighter - this becoming the Messerschmitt Me 262 'Schwalbe'.
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SECRET WEAPONS OF THE LUFTWAFFE
Desperate to change its fortunes, the Luftwaffe pushed any and all aircraft concepts to help stave off elimination at the hands of the Allies.
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LUFTWAFFE EMERGENCY FIGHTER PROGRAM
The Emergency Fighter Program was a last-ditch attempt by the Luftwaffe to provide a counter to the massed formations of inbound enemy bombers.
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COMBAT TANKS (ALL)
The Germans began the war with the modest Panzer light tank series vehicles and quickly evolved to develop the famous Panther and Tiger lines.
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PANZER TANKS
The German Panzer tank family began with the light-class Panzer I and II and quickly graduated to heavier designs of considerable capabilities.
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SELF-PROPELLED GUNS
Mobile artillery made quite the difference in ground actions for the German Army in the war - as such many designs were developed for this purpose.
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TANK DESTROYERS
The need for tank destroyers for Germany is evident in the many configurations trialed and ultimately fielded in World War 2.
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RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLES
Just as important as any one tank or field gun, the reconnaissance vehicle provided valuable intel on enemy positions and movements on the ground.
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ARTILLERY (ALL)
Artillery remained a primary component of German land actions throughout the fighting of World War 2 and old and new designs were used in service.
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ANTI-AIRCRAFT ARTILLERY (AAA)
Defense of the skies was paramount to German victory in the Second World War - so many designs were considered and adopted for the FlaK role.
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INFANTRY WEAPONS (ALL)
Equipped with both modern weapons and weapons from the previous World War, German infantry made their mark across Europe during WW2.
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SERVICE RIFLES
The service rifle certainly made the man in the many campaigns engineered by German war planners during the Second World War.
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WARSHIPS & SUBMARINES (ALL)
While showcasing the mighty KMS Bismarck, the German Navy put its hopes in the undersea 'U-boat' fleet.
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BATTLESHIPS
The battleship was the showpiece of many-a-navy heading into World War 2 but quickly given up in favor of the aircraft carrier - which Germany lacked.
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U-BOATS (SUBMARINES)
It was the U-boat fleet that kept the Allies on their toes during the conflict - with more progressive designs arriving as the war went on.
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