List of German military equipment of World War II

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The following is a list of German military equipment of World War II which includes artillery, vehicles and vessels. World War II was a global war that was under way by 1939 and ended in 1945. Following political instability build-up in Europe from 1930, the Germans, which aimed to dominate Europe, attacked Poland on 1 September 1939, marking the start of World War II. The war in Europe ended 8 May 1945 with capitulation of Germany to the Allied forces.

The Germans used a number of type designations for their weapons. Usually, the type designation and series number (i.e. FlaK 30) are sufficient to identify a system, but occasionally multiple systems of the same type are developed at the same time and share a designation, at which point one must reference the calibre to differentiate.[1]

Knives and bayonets[edit]

Small arms[edit]

Pistols (manual and semi-automatic)[edit]

Automatic pistols and submachine guns[edit]


Grenades and grenade launchers[edit]


Recoilless rifles[edit]


Machine guns[edit]

Infantry and dual-purpose machine guns[edit]

Vehicle and aircraft machine guns[edit]


Infantry mortars[edit]

Heavy mortars and rocket launchers[edit]

Field artillery[edit]

Fortress and siege guns[edit]

Anti-tank guns[edit]

Anti-tank weapons (besides anti-tank guns)[edit]

Anti-aircraft weapons[edit]

Light anti-aircraft guns[edit]

Heavy anti-aircraft guns[edit]


Nazi Germany had captured many models of foreign equipment. In the list below, only most prominent captured models are listed. For full listing of captured vehicles see List of foreign vehicles used by Nazi Germany in World War II


  • AMR 35 - captured from French, some converted to mortar carrier


Self-propelled guns[edit]



  • Schlepper 25PS
  • 7.7 cm FK WD Schlepper 50PS
  • French AMD Panhard 178 (Pz.Sph. 204(f) mit KwK 42)
  • 8.8 cm Flak 18 auf Zgkw 12 - AA gun in field gun mount on SdKfz 8 chassis
  • 8.8 cm Flak 18 auf Zgkw 18 - AA gun in field gun mount on SdKfz 9 chassis
  • Mittler Schutzenpanzerwagen S307(f) mit Reihenwerfer

Armored cars[edit]

Armored carriers[edit]

Engineering and command[edit]

  • Springer vehicle (demolition vehicle)
  • Borgward IV (demolition vehicle)
  • Goliath tracked mine
  • Räumer S (mine clearance vehicle, prototype only)
  • Brückenleger auf Panzerkampfwagen II (bridge layer on Panzer II chassis)
  • Minenräumer III (also known as Minenräumpanzer III) - mine-clearing vehicle on Panzer III chassis
  • Kleiner Panzerbefehlswagen (command version of Panzer I)
  • Panzerbefehlswagen III (command version of Panzer III)
  • Panzerbefehlswagen IV (Pz. Bef. Wg. IV) (command version of Panzer IV)
  • Befehlspanzer Panther (command version of Panther tank)
  • Kugelpanzer - cable-laying vehicle, supplied to Japan
  • SdKfz 247 - armored command car
  • SdKfz 253 half-track artillery observer
  • Infanterie Sturmsteg auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen IV (infantry assault bridge version of the Panzer IV)
  • Instandsetzungskraftwagen I (maintenance vehicle version of the Panzer I)
  • Strabokran - tank-lifting maintenance crane


Passenger cars[edit]


Tractors and prime movers[edit]

Miscellaneous vehicles[edit]

Navy ships and war vessels[edit]


Secret weapons[edit]


Missiles and bombs[edit]

Cartridges and shells[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World War 2 Weapons". Military Dictionary. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Chamberlain, Peter & Gander, Terry. Light and Medium Field Artillery. New York: Arco, 1975
  • Gander, Terry. Heavy Artillery of World War II. Wiltshire: The Crowood Press, 2004 ISBN 1-84037-414-4