List of common World War II infantry weapons

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

Australia

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Flamethrowers

Mortars

Austria

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Belgium

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Light machine guns

Medium machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Bayonets

  • Modèle 1924

Brazil

Sidearms

Rifles

Shotguns

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Bulgaria

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Canada

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Slovak Republic

Sidearms

Rifles

Light machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Mortars

  • 80 mm vz. 36 (medium mortar)

China

Weapons used by the National Revolutionary Army, as well as Communist forces and Chinese Warlords

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Light machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Close quarter weapons

Czechoslovak Republic

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Independent State of Croatia

Sidearms

Rifles

Automatic rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Mortars

Grenades

Anti-tank weapons

Knives and bayonets

Denmark

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

  • Danish M.1923
  • Makeshift grenades and bombs

Finland

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Anti-aircraft weapons

Knives

Mines

France

Sidearms

Rifles

Shotguns

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Mortars

Nazi Germany

Sidearms

Rifles

Semi-automatic intermediate cartridge rifles

Sniper rifles

Shotguns

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Flamethrowers

Grenades

Mines

Grenade launchers

Close quarter weapons

Mortars

Greece

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Light machine guns

Medium machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Mortars

Hungary

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Mines

  • 36M mine
  • 43M mine

Grenades

Italy

Sidearms

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

Sidearms

Rifles

Semi-automatic rifles

  • Pedersen-J (One of these were recovered from Okinowa. The question is unknown but Japan just like Germany, was using any weapon they had at the end of the war.)

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Mines

Grenades

Mortars

Flamethrowers

Grenade dischargers

Swords

Lithuania

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Estonia

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Latvia

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Grenades

Luxembourg

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

British Malaya

Sidearms

Rifles

Shotguns

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Knives

Manchukuo

Sidearms

  • Mauser Type 1 Pistol
  • Mauser Type 2 or 3 Pistol

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenade dischargers

Mexico

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Mongolia

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

The Netherlands

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Grenades

Anti-tank weapons

New Zealand

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Norway

Sidearms

  • Kongsberg Colt (Norwegian produced Colt M1911, standard issue for the Norwegian army until 1940)
  • Nagant M1895 (Earlier service pistol that preceded the M1914 in service. Still in use by 1940.)
  • Colt M1911 (Some were purchased prior to production of M1914)
  • Luger P08

Rifles

Shotguns

Machine guns

Grenades

  • Makeshift grenades and bombs

Poland

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine gun

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

  • Molotov Cocktail
  • Fragmentation Grenade wz.1933
  • Concussion Grenade wz.1933
  • wz.S smoke grenade

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

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

South Africa

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Mortars

Soviet Union

Sidearms

Rifles

Automatic rifles and battle rifles

Anti-tank rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

  • DP-28
  • DTM-4
  • Lewis gun (received as Lend-Lease aid)
  • Maxim M1910
  • DS-39 (production was discontinued after the German invasion)
  • SG-43 Goryunov
  • DShK
  • RPD (Limited use in 1945)
  • LAD Machine Gun (Trials by the Red Army. maybe it was used? Take this with a citation)

Grenades

Grenade launchers

Knives

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Mines

  • TM-35 mine (Anti tank mine)
  • PMK-40 (Anti personnel mine)

Thailand

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Grenade dischargers

United Kingdom (including British Empire)

Sidearms

Rifles

Sniper rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Grenades

Mortars

Flamethrowers

Knives

United States of America

Sidearms

Rifles

Sniper rifles

Recoilless rifles

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

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Flamethrowers

Grenades

Grenade launchers

Mortars

Edged weapons

M1917 bolo knife M1909 bolo knife

Yugoslavia

Sidearms

Rifles

Submachine guns

Machine guns

Grenades

Flamethrowers

  • Flammenwerfer 42 (Captured)

Anti-tank weapons

See also

References

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