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This page lists all infantry weapons used by the various nations that fought in World War II

United States

During the war, the United States had greatly increased its military inventory of infantry weapons since the times of World War I to avoid repeating the same mistakes of relying on outsources weapons. Below is a list of all infantry weapons that were created and used by the United States. This does not include captured weaponry.

Knives and Bayonets Knives and Bayonets

Pistols Pistols (Allies)

Bolt-Action Rifles Bolt-Action Rifles (Allies)

Semi-Automatic Rifles Semi-Automatic Rifles (Allies)

ShotgunsShotguns

Submachine Guns Submachine Guns (Allies)

Light Machine Guns Light Machine Guns (Allies)

Heavy Machine Guns Heavy Machine Guns (Allies)

Anti-Tank Weapons Anti-Tank Weapons (Allies)

Grenades and Rifle Grenades Grenades (Allies)

Mortars Mortars

Flamethrowers Flamethrowers

Mines Mines

Miscellaneous Miscellaneous

Germany

During World War II, Germany had developed a long line of various weapons to issue to their infantry units. The most prominent being the standard rifle and the machine gun which made up the majority of the weapons available to German infantry with submachine guns and anti-tank weapons supplementing them.

Knives and Bayonets Knives and Bayonets

Pistols Pistols (Axis)

Bolt-Action Rifles Bolt-Action Rifles (Axis)

Semi-Automatic Rifles Semi-Automatic Rifles (Axis)

Submachine Guns Submachine Guns (Axis)

Light Machine Guns Light Machine Guns (Axis)

Heavy Machine Guns Heavy Machine Guns (Axis)

Anti-Tank Weapons Anti-Tank Weapons (Axis)

Grenades Grenades (Axis)

Mortars Mortars

Flamethrowers Flamethrowers

Mines Mines

Miscellaneous Miscellaneous

Soviet Union

The common trend among Soviet infantry weapons used during World War II is that they were reliable and uncomplicated to maintain in the field. While perhaps not as advanced as contemporary nations' weapons, they proved popular among troops of both sides.

Knives and Bayonets Knives and Bayonets

Pistols Pistols (Allies)

Bolt-Action Rifles Bolt-Action Rifles (Allies)

Semi-Automatic Rifles Semi-Automatic Rifles (Allies)

ShotgunsShotguns

Submachine Guns Submachine Guns (Allies)

Light Machine Guns Light Machine Guns (Allies)

Heavy Machine Guns Heavy Machine Guns (Allies)

Anti-Tank Weapons Anti-Tank Weapons (Allies)

Grenades Grenades (Allies)

Mortars Mortars

Flamethrowers Flamethrowers

Mines Mines

Great Britain

At the outbreak of war, Great Britain was largely under equipped in terms of the types of infantry weapons it equipped its armies with. Many weapons used by the British could be regarded as having World War I-fame, such as the Vickers Heavy Machine Gun or Lee Enfield Rifle. Others meanwhile were more modern such as the PIAT Anti-Tank Weapon or the Bren Light Machine Gun. All of which were used in unison to build the British arsenal.

Knives and Bayonets Knives and Bayonets

Pistols Pistols (Allies)

Bolt-Action Rifles Bolt-Action Rifles (Allies)

Submachine Guns Submachine Guns (Allies)

Light Machine Guns Light Machine Guns (Allies)

Heavy Machine Guns Heavy Machine Guns (Allies)

Anti-Tank Weapons Anti-Tank Weapons (Allies)

Grenades Grenades (Allies)

Mortars Mortars

Flamethrowers Flamethrowers

Mines Mines

Italy

Generally remembered by history as a poor fighting force, Italian infantry were in fact regarded by their German allies as excellent soldiers, however with poor officers and outdated equipment. Regardless, when under the command of established German officers, Italian formations managed to make their equipment work for them and even be effective in combat.

Knives and Bayonets Knives and Bayonets

Pistols Pistols (Axis)

Bolt-Action Rifles Bolt-Action Rifles (Axis)

Semi-Automatic Rifles Semi-Automatic Rifles (Axis)

Submachine Guns Submachine Guns (Axis)

Light Machine Guns Light Machine Guns (Axis)

Heavy Machine Guns Heavy Machine Guns (Axis)

Anti-Tank Weapons Anti-Tank Weapons (Axis)

Grenades Grenades (Axis)

Mortars Mortars

Flamethrowers Flamethrowers

France

French weapons in the opening stages of World War II were decently modern in design, though naturally did not get a chance to develop in change with time due to France's early capture by Germany. Many of weapons used by the Free French thus came from British and American stocks.

Pistols Pistols (Allies)

Bolt-Action Rifles Bolt-Action Rifles (Allies)

Submachine Guns Submachine Guns (Allies)

Light Machine Guns Light Machine Guns (Allies)

Heavy Machine Guns Heavy Machine Guns (Allies)

Grenades Grenades (Allies)

Mortars Mortars

Mines Mines

Japan

Contrary to popular perception, most Japanese infantry weapons used during World War II were of good quality and fairly reliable. It was only in the last years of the war that the American strategic bombing campaign had damaged Japanese industry enough to lower quality. While the Japanese generally lacked submachine guns and more modern designs, their infantry units were no less equipped than any other nation's fighting forces.

Knives and Bayonets Knives and Bayonets

Pistols Pistols (Axis)

Bolt-Action Rifles Bolt-Action Rifles (Axis)

Submachine Guns Submachine Guns (Axis)

Light Machine Guns Light Machine Guns (Axis)

Heavy Machine Guns Heavy Machine Guns (Axis)

Anti-Tank Weapons Anti-Tank Weapons (Axis)

Grenades Grenades (Axis)

Mortars Mortars

Flamethrowers Flamethrowers

Mines Mines

Poland

Like France, Poland fielded numerous examples of modern weaponry in its stores, only to be put into German service following invasion. However, it is also notable that Polish engineers continued to work on new designs for underground use, alongside weapons created by other countries.

Knives and Bayonets Knives and Bayonets

Pistols Pistols (Allies)

Bolt-Action Rifles Bolt-Action Rifles (Allies)

Semi-Automatic Rifles Semi-Automatic Rifles (Allies)

Submachine Guns Submachine Guns (Allies)

Light Machine Guns Light Machine Guns (Allies)

Heavy Machine Guns Heavy Machine Guns (Allies)

Anti-Tank Weapons Anti-Tank Weapons (Allies)

Grenades Grenades (Axis)

Flamethrowers Flamethrowers

Hungary

Hungarian infantry operated with a variety of native weaponry supplemented by several German designs. Generally, Hungarian-made weapons were reliable in the harsh conditions of the Eastern Front and were well liked by their operators.

Pistols Pistols (Axis)

Bolt-Action Rifles Bolt-Action Rifles (Axis)

Submachine Guns Submachine Guns (Axis)

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