List of common World War II infantry weapons

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

Australia[edit]

Two Australian soldiers equipped with Owen submachine guns

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Flamethrowers

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Austria[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Belgium[edit]

Edged weapons

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Light machine guns

Medium machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Brazil[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Shotguns

Rifles

Light machine guns

Medium machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Grenades

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Bulgaria[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Canada[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

China[edit]

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

Edged weapons

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Light machine guns

Medium machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Grenades

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Independent State of Croatia[edit]

Edged weapons

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Automatic rifles

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Czechoslovak Republic[edit]

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

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Denmark[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Shotguns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Anti-tank weapons

Estonia[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Finland[edit]

Edged weapons

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Mines

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Anti-aircraft weapons

France[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Shotguns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Guided explosive weapons

Germany[edit]

German paratrooper carrying a MG 42

Edged weapons

Flare guns

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Shotguns

Select fire intermediate cartridge automatic rifles

Rifles

Sniper rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Grenade launchers

Mines

Flamethrowers

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Guided explosive weapons

Greece[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Light machine guns

Medium machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Hungary[edit]

Flare guns

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Mines

Anti-tank weapons

Italy[edit]

Edged weapons

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Light machine guns

Medium machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Grenades

Flamethrowers

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Japan[edit]

Japanese soldiers with a Type 92 machine gun during the 1941 Battle of Changsha

Edged weapons

Flare guns

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Semi-automatic rifles

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Grenade dischargers

Mines

Flamethrowers

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Guided explosive weapons

  • I-Go (Remote controlled explosive machine)

Latvia[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Lithuania[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Luxembourg[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

British Malaya[edit]

Edged weapons

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Shotguns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Anti-tank weapons

Manchukuo[edit]

Sidearms

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenade dischargers

Mexico[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Mongolia[edit]

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Netherlands[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Anti-tank weapons

New Zealand[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Anti-tank weapons

Norway[edit]

Sidearms

Shotguns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

  • Makeshift grenades and bombs

Poland[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine gun

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Grenade launchers

Flamethrowers

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Romania[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Anti-tank weapons

Slovak Republic[edit]

Sidearms

Rifles

Light machine guns

Heavy machine guns

Mortars

South Africa[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Soviet Union[edit]

Soviet partisans in Belarus, armed with PPD-40 submachine gun and a Mosin-Nagant rifle

Edged weapons

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Automatic rifles and battle rifles

Rifles

Anti-tank rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Grenade launchers

Mines

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

Thailand[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Grenade dischargers

Anti-tank weapons

United Kingdom (including British Empire)[edit]

British soldiers at Tobruk, equipped with Lee-Enfield rifles and Thompson submachine guns

Edged weapons

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Sniper rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Obstacle clearing explosive charges

Flamethrowers

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Guided explosive weapons

United States of America[edit]

Two American soldiers with M1 Garand rifles

Edged weapons

Sidearms

Submachine guns

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

Rifles

Sniper rifles

Recoilless rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Grenade launchers

Obstacle clearing explosive charges

Flamethrowers

Mortars

Anti-tank weapons

Yugoslavia[edit]

Sidearms

Submachine guns

Rifles

Machine guns

Grenades

Flamethrowers

Anti-tank weapons

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "ปืนพก แบบ 80 ขนาด 9 มม". Royal Thai Police Ordinance (in Thai). Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  7. ^ "ปืนพกลูกโม่ แบบ 82 ขนาด .38 นิ้ว". Royal Thai Police Ordinance (in Thai). Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  8. ^ "ปืนพกกล แบบ 80 ขนาด 11 มม". Gun world magazine (in Thai). Retrieved 2 March 2019.

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