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Allied & Axis Weapons, Vehicles, and Equipment

Things you will probably see out there or want to know about.

Allied/Axis weapons:

Since most US weapons are outlined in the Enlistment office area, we will only go into detail on ones not discussed there. 

US Weapons:

M1917 Enfield Rifle
Used in WWI and also issued in WWII to rear-echelon troops and/or stateside. Fires 30.06 ammunition and is comparable to the M1903A3 in terms of sights. It does weigh more than a Springfield, which may improve accuracy at long ranges. 

M1941 Johnson Rifle 
Special rifle issued to the First Special Service Force and some USMC units. Fires 30.06 from a ten round magazine. 

M2 60mm Mortar
A support weapon capable of lobbing a 60mm shell to a maximum range just short of 2,000 yards. A round is dropped down the tube where it strikes a fixed firing pin at the bottom of the tube, launching the round. This system allowed gunners to fire rounds quickly. This mortar was meant to bridge the gap between the M1 Mortar and a hand/rifle grenade.

M1 81mm Mortar
Capable of firing beyond 3,000 yards at a sustained rate of 18 rounds a minute with a maximum rate topping out at around 30-35 a minute. Much heavier and larger than the M2, this mortar requires a larger team to carry the mortar and the ammunition needed to keep it firing.

M3 37mm AT-Gun
A light AT-gun that rapidly became ineffective against German armor as the war continued, but continued to be effective against Japanese tanks since they were of poorer design. Use in Europe was slowly phased out and the M3 was replaced by the 57mm M1 AT-gun

75mm Pack Howitzer
As the name implies, this howitzer could be carried on pack animals after it had been broken down into several pieces. The 10th Mountain had 3 battalions with 12 howitzers apiece.

US Vehicles:
Also known as the 1/4 ton truck, since it weighs a quarter ton. Capable of carrying 5 comfortably or 10 uncomfortably (we've done it). Also capable of towing around the 37mm AT-Gun or a pack howitzer. Also sometimes seen fitted with a trailer for carrying additional supplies. The name "Jeep" comes from possibly one of two sources. The slurring of GP, general purpose, "Gee-P". The name could also come from the Popeye cartoon character Eugene the Jeep, his jungle pet known for being, "small, able to move between dimensions and could solve seemingly impossible problems," something the Jeep can indeed do.

Weapons Carrier
A 3/4 ton truck capable of towing a great deal more and carrying a great deal more than a Jeep. There were several variants made during the war from the standard WC-51 and WC-52 to an ambulance variant or gun motor carriage (a weapons carrier fitted with an AT-Gun).

When you think of a truck, this is it. The GMC CCKW is commonly called the 'deuce and a half' meaning a 2 1/2 ton truck. There exist many variants of this truck for different uses.

M3 Scout Car
A four wheeled car, fitted with machine guns. Looks a great deal like a halftrack without the tracks. Open top, poor off road handling, and minimal armament are among some of its drawbacks. The M8 generally replaced it. 

M8 Greyhound
A 6x6 wheeled armored car, outfitted with a 37mm cannon and machine guns. 

M2 or M3 Halftrack
The M2 halftrack was based on the M3 scout car chassis and body (and was underpowered for purposes as a prime mover). The M3 was the beefier and larger cousin to the M2. These two halftracks were prime movers (pulled artillery) and also served as troop transports (the M3 could carry 13 men). Both had minimal armor and no overhead protection. Moving death traps.

M22 Locust
The Midwest region is fortunate enough to have one of the world's working M22 Locusts (there are 3 in the world in working condition). This tank was designed to be carried by gliders for use by airborne troops. A very small and lightly armored tank fitted with a 37mm gun.

M3, M5 Stuart
Light tanks (relatively speaking) of the United States armed with 37mm cannon and machine guns (.30 and .50). The M3 was used early on and later upgraded by a revised and improved M5. Named after J.E.B. Stuart, a Confederate Cavalaryman (thank the Brits for this name). 

M4 Sherman 
William T. Sherman, Union General, source of "war is hell", and the presenter of Savanna, GA to Lincoln as a Christmas gift has one of the most identifiable tanks in the world named after him. Armed with a 75mm main gun and machine guns, this tank was seen in all theaters in many capacities. Nowhere nearly as well armed or armored as what the Germans threw against them, but the US had numbers. 

Commonwealth Weapons:
Lee Enfield Rifle No. 4
Standard rifle for all commonwealth forces. Fires .303 rimmed rounds and capable of holding 10 rounds.

Sten Gun
British sub-machine gun chambered in 9mm. 

Webley Revolver

Bren Gun
British squad machine gun chambered in .303 rimmed. Fires from a magazine distinctively jutting out from the top of the gun. 

Bren Carrier
An all purpose, tracked, infantry carrier. Open top, lightly armored, barely armed. 

German Weapons:
K98 Mauser
The main weapon of the German forces during the war. This bolt action rifle fired a 8mm round (interchangeable with the MG rounds) and held 5 rounds fed by stripper clip. Comparable in range and effectiveness to a M1903.

The German sub-machinegun, the MP40, is another signature German weapon of the war. The MP40 fired a 9mm parabellum round (same as used in the pistols) from a 30 round magazine.

The grand-daddy of all modern day assault rifles. The Sturmgewehr (literally: "storm gun") 44 fired from a 30 round magazine and fired a short 8mm round. Produced cheaply from stamped sheet metal and disliked by Hitler.

The Walther P38 a reliable German pistol issued to officers and NCOs.

The Luger, the signature German pistol of WWII and WWI. A prized capture piece if you can find one. Know it by the sharp angle of the grip and the unique action. 

MG 38
This machine gun is air cooled and was used throughout the war, but was soon replaced by the MG42. Know it by the holes in the cooling shroud around the barrel.

MG 42
The MG42, one of the most feared MGs ever made. Known for its disgustingly high rate of fire, so fast that one round to the next could not be distinguished by sound. Know it by the straight 'cooling grove' along the barrel.

Pak 36 AT-Gun
The Pak 36 is of 75mm caliber.

Pak 40 AT-Gun
The Pak 40 is a German AT gun of 75mm caliber.

IG 18
This is a short barreled infantry gun used to support infantry attacks.

Flak 39
The Flak 39 is a 37mm anti-aircraft gun. 

The German Jeep. Kübelwagen translates to 'bucket wagon' and was used throughout the war. 

Opel Blitz
German made truck

Ford Trucks
Ford actually sold trucks to Germany before the war. These trucks were used during the war against the very country that they originated from. Germany did copy the Ford and Chevrolet trucks they bought and produced their own trucks of nearly identical design.

Sdkfz 251 Halftrack
The largest, most common, and best armored halftrack the Germans produced during WWII. Weapons varied depending upon variant and could include a MG34, 81-mm mortar, 280-mm or 320-mm rockets, flamethrowers, and 50-mm, 75-mm, and 105-mm guns. You got a job to do? There's a Sdkfz 251 variant for that! 

Sdkfz 221 Armored Car
A four wheeled armored car armed only with a MG34 machine gun. 

Sdkfz 222 Armored Car
A four wheeled armored car armed with a 20mm cannon in a turret as well as a MG34 machine gun. 

Sdkfz 247 Armored Car
A scout car armed with a MG34 at best. Looks a great deal like the 221 and 222 cousins. 

Hetzer Tank Destroyer
The Hetzer is a small tank destroyer fitted with a 75mm gun. It has sharply sloping frontal armor, a low profile, and a fixed turret. Without infantry support the Hetzer is easily flanked and eliminated.

Sturmgeschütz (StuG) III
The StuG III is an assault gun that would support infantry in attacks. It became the most produced German tank of the war and saw service on all fronts. The StuG III is a compact tank and is distinguished by the fixed turret.

PanzerKfpw VI "Tiger"
One of the most feared tanks that Germany ever produced. The Tiger tank was fitted with an 88mm gun that could easily destroy American armor and great distance. The Tiger was prone to break down since it was mechanically complex.


-smgs / assault rifles
-MGs - light and heavy
-Anti-tank weapons (bazooka, panzerfaust/schrek, pole charges)
-Explosive devices (grenades, land mines, demolitions)

-Mortars & Artillery (AT, AA, etc.)

-Lt. Vehicles - bikes, motorbikes, jeeps, kubels
-Hv. Vehicles - Weapons carriers, horch, trucks

-Armor - all varieties seen