List of common World War II infantry weapons

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Czechoslovakian soldiers with a ZB vz. 26 and a vz. 24.

This is a list of infantry weapons which were in mainstream use during World War II (1939–1945).

Kingdom of Albania[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Australia[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine Guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weaponry

Grenades

Flamethrowes

Mortars

Austria[edit]

The Federal State of Austria was annexed in 1938 by Germany into the Reich and the Austrian armed forces into the German Wehrmacht.

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Belgium[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Light machine guns

Medium machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Anti-tank guns

Bayonets

  • Modèle 1924

Brazil[edit]

Brazil under authoritarian rule of Vargas entered the war in 1942 on the Allied side but did not deploy troops until 1943. Much of its equipment was provided by Lend Lease from the US.

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine Guns

Shotguns

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Bulgaria[edit]

Handguns

Rifles


Submachine Guns

Machine Guns


Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Canada[edit]

Handguns

Sub-machine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Shotguns

Flamethrowes

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Slovak Republic[edit]

First Slovak Republic was a puppet state of Germany during the war

Handguns

Rifles

Light machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Mortars

  • 80 mm vz. 36 – medium mortar

Republic of China[edit]

List of National Revolutionary Army weapons, including Chinese warlords and Communists.

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Shotguns

Light machine guns

Medium machine guns

Heavy machine guns'

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Close quarters weapons

Independent State of Croatia[edit]

Independent State of Croatia was a fascist state and a puppet of Germany created in 1941.

Handguns

Rifles

Assault rifles

Submachine Guns

Machine guns

mortars

Grenades

Anti-tank weapons

Knives and bayonets

Denmark[edit]

Denmark was invaded by Germany in 1940 and occupied. Danish army was reduced to about 3,000. After complete takeover by Germany in 1943, a force-in-exile was equipped by Sweden.

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine Guns

Anti-tank weapons

Hand Grenades

Czechoslovakia[edit]

Czechoslovakia was occupied by Germany by March 1939 dividing the country into a German protectorate, Slovak Republic and Carpathian Ukraine. Czech forces in exile ended up as units within the western Allies and Soviet forces.

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine Guns

Finland[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine Guns

Machine guns

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Anti-aircraft weapons

Knives

Mines

France[edit]

Following the Battle of France in 1940, French forces were divided into Vichy Government in France and overseas and Free French forces which were equipped by the other Western allies.

Handguns

Rifles

Shotguns

Submachine Guns


Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Mortars

Third Reich (Nazi Germany)[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Sub-machine guns

Machine guns

Assault Rifles

Sniper rifles

Shotguns

Anti-tank weapons

Flamethrowers

Grenades

Grenade Launcher

Close quarter weapons

Mortars

Greece[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Light machine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank guns

Mortars

Hungary[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine Guns

Machine Guns

Anti-tank Weapons

Grenades

Italy[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Light machine guns

Medium machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Mortars

Anti-tank Weapons

Grenades

Flamethrowers

Bayonets

  • Modello 1891 "sciabola baionetta"
  • Modello 1891/38 "pugnale baionetta"

Japan[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Sub-Machine guns

Anti-tank Weapons

Machine Guns

Grenades

Mortars

Flamethrowers

Grenade Dischargers

Swords

Republic of Lithuania[edit]

Lithuania was occupied by USSR at the start of the war, then taken over by Germany before being once more occupied by Soviet forces

Handguns

Submachine Guns

Rifles

Machineguns

Republic of Estonia[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Sub-machineguns

Machine-guns

Anti-tank Guns

Republic of Latvia[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns


Machine guns

Grenades

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg[edit]

Luxembourg was occupied by Germany in 1940. Some Luxembourg joined the Allies and formed an artillery troop of 1st Belgian Infantry Brigade, equipped by the British and part of the Guards Armoured Division

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine Guns

Machine Guns

Anti-tank Guns

British Malaysia[edit]

The Federated Malay States, the unfederated Malay States and Straits Settlements were British protectorates and crown colonies in South east Asia. They were occupied by Japanese in 1941.

Handguns

Shotguns

Sub-Machine Guns

Rifles

Machine Guns

Anti-Tank Weapons

Grenades

Knives

Mexico[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Sub-machine guns

Machine guns

Anti-Tank Guns

Mongolian People's Republic[edit]

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Kingdom of Netherlands[edit]

Although the Royal Dutch Army was defeated and Netherlands were occupied by Germany in 1940, the Dutch government-in-exile formed the Royal Netherlands Motorized Infantry Brigade which was equipped with Allied weapons. In the Pacific, the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army was largely composed of indigenous troops of the Dutch colonies (now Indonesia)

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine Guns

Machine Guns

Grenades

Anti-Tank Weapons

New Zealand[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine Guns

Machine Guns

Anti-tank Weapons

Grenades

Norway[edit]

Following occupation by Germany early in the war, most of the Norwegian army was captured. Only a small number formed the land part of Free Norwegian forces.

Handguns

Rifles

Machine Guns

Grenades

  • Makeshift grenades and bombs

Poland[edit]

Following invasion by Germany from west and USSR from east, Poland was first split into two then occupied completely by Germany. Exiled Polish forces were formed Polish Armed Forces in the East and Polish Armed Forces in the West equipped by USSR and western Allies respectively. A large organized force, the Home Army fought within occupied Poland.

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine gun

Machine Guns

Anti-Tank Weapons

Grenades

Grenade launchers

Flamethrowers

  • Zieliński flamethrower
  • Sender flamethrower
  • WS-1 flamethrower
  • WS-2 flamethrower

Mortars

  • wz.18 mortar
  • wz.28 mortar
  • wz.18/31 mortar
  • wz.31 mortar
  • wz.32 heavy mortar
  • wz.40 mortar

Romania[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank guns

South Africa[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine Guns

Anti-Tank Weapons

Mortars

Soviet Union[edit]

Handguns

Sub-Machine Guns

Assault rifles


Rifles

Anti-tank Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Grenade Launchers

  • Diakonov (Attach on M91/30 rifle only)

Knives

Flamethrowers

Anti-Tank Weapons

Mines

Thailand[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Grenade dischargers

United Kingdom (including British Empire)[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Sub-machine guns

Machine guns

Shotguns

Anti-tank Weapons

Grenades

Mortars

Flamethrowers

Sniper rifles

Knives

United States[edit]

Handguns

Rifles

Carbines

Sub-machine guns

Machine guns

Sniper rifles

Shotguns (commonly used by the Marines in the Pacific theater, limited use in Europe)

Anti-tank weapons

Flamethrowers

Recoilless rifles

Grenades

Grenade launcher

Mortars

Edged weapons

Yugoslavia[edit]

Following invasion by Axis forces Yugoslavia was occupied and split. The Yugoslav government-in-exile was abroad while communist partisans took control of Yugoslav territory from Axis and were able to proclaim a Provisional Government of the Democratic Federal Yugoslavia. Partisans were supplied by the Allies.

Handguns

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machineguns

Grenades

Flamethrowers

Anti tank

See also[edit]

References[edit]