WW2 Weapons

The World Wars 1914-18 and 1939-45.

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Italian heavy gun Cannone da 149/35A in service from 1901 to 1943. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Read more
Ju88C long-range fighters
WW2 War Diary for Monday, march 22, 1943: Air War Western Europe: Mosquito fighters shoot down 2 Ju 88s over Read more
British soldiers gather at a plug-in tank.
World War One Diary for Friday, March 22, 1918: Western Front Somme - GERMANS OVERRUN MOST OF BEF BATILE ZONE. Read more
PzBeobWg III observation tank of the LSSAH division
WW2 War Diary for Sunday, March 21, 1943: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Germans recapture Belgorod, northeast of Kharkov. Spring thaw Read more
British defenders watch the advancing Germans
World War One Diary for Thursday, March 21, 1918: Western Front Somme - SECOND BATTLE OF THE SOMME AND GERMAN Read more
destroyed French villages
German Orders of Battle from 25 June 1940 early, the day of the armistice with France. Schematic layout of the Read more
Sherman tank passes through the Gabes Gap
WW2 War Diary for Saturday, March 20, 1943: Africa Tunisia - BATTLE OF MARETH: (March 20-28) British 8th Army attack Read more
Fokker Dr.I Triplanes
World War One Diary for Wednesday, March 20, 1918: Air War Germany: Iron Cross markings ordered changed to Balkenkreuze (Greek Read more
French heavy tak Char B1
Strength and organization of the Army Forces and Air Force of France at the beginning of the Western Campaign in Read more
Ju 188E-2
WW2 War Diary for Friday, March 19, 1943: Air War Mediterranean: German aircraft employ 'circling torpedoes' against Allied shipping in Read more
German gunners pull field guns
World War One Diary for Tuesday, March 19, 1918: Western Front German attacks in Champagne and on Meuse. Somme: General Read more
German armored cars Donets Basin Steppes
German Orders of Battle before the summer offensive in Russia (Operation Blue) of June 24, 1942. Here to the previous Read more
3d model of Italian heavy cruiser Pola of Zara class.
Italian heavy cruisers Fiume, Gorizia and Pola of Zara class. History, development, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. Zara class Read more
German column with anti-tank guns, infantry and tanks
WW2 War Diary for Thursday, March 18, 1943: Eastern Front Southern Sector: Panzers reach Belgorod on river Donets, northeast of Read more
Hindenburg and Ludendorff
World War One Diary for Monday, March 18, 1918: Western Front Germany: Hindenburg and Ludendorff moved forward HQ from Spa Read more
sign of the Treaty of Versailles
The dictates of the Allies in the Versailles Peace Treaty. Reparations, Allied dispute, War guilt issue, Hitler's rising. Here to Read more
wounded British soldier on the Arakan Front
WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, March 17, 1943: Southeast Asia Burma:: Japanese launch counter-attack against British and Indian forces advancing Read more
German 10.5 cm light field howitzers 16
World War One Diary for Sunday, march 17, 1918: Western Front Britain: Two German deserters tell BEF XVIII Corps to Read more

About WW2 Weapons

WW2 affected virtually almost any corner of the globe. In the six years between 1939 and 1945, some kind of 50 million people lost their lives, and hardly any who survived were not affected. It was the costliest and utmost widespread conflict the world has forever obtained.
It was subsequently battled on ground, sea and in the air with weapons which in fact had first been used in World War One of 1914-18. Ironically, a far greater conflict was to come out from the burning embers of these ‘war to end all wars’, and with it huge innovations in technologies.
The countries engaged in WW2 finally owned the techniques, potential and weapons to fight every other in a much more powerful – and more deadly – manner.

However only Britain, her Empire allies as well as Germany were engaged during the full period (as well as, in fact, Japan and China since 1937). For all the other nations the conflict was of a shorter duration. The US and Japan, for example, were at war from December 1941 to August 1945 (and the USA was at the same time at war with Germany, until Hitler‘s defeat in May 1945).

The state of affairs was so complex, the skeins of partnerships and enmity so connected that it would require a really huge document in fact to illustrate the prospect.
Only one factor was less complicated and widespread to all the nations involved: the nature of the weapons that the soldier used to struggle their way to triumph – or defeat.

Of course, there were differences in detail of the WW2 weapons: the German Panzer V Panther was a very different tank from the US M4 Sherman, the Russian T-34, or the English Cromwell. But in fact they were all much the same – armored vehicles mounting powerful guns running on tracks.

The small arms with which the various opponent countries equipped their armies were totally different weapons in details too, but basically these were all guns for launching projectiles at high speed.
Simply speaking, lots of people would just say that guns are guns, bombs are bombs, aircraft are planes, and so on. But there is definitely even more to it than that, for the abilities to obtain victory or lose a war actually rested on these kinds of WW2 weapons’ qualities, just as a lot of as it did on the fighting abilities of those who employed them and on the strategic sense of those who directed them in their use.

Shermans vs Panthers
Shermans vs Panthers with 3d models.

General about WW2 Weapons:

All information, data, specifications and statistics used on the website WW2 Weapons have been compiled from a variety of sources and the large library of the author – who now lives on Crete for a long time – about military history and history, especially about the world wars, which has been built up over decades.

The most important source references and notes about additional literature can be found at the end for the most articles. To the best of our knowledge and belief, the most secure and reliable information and sources were used, which are also constantly updated and improved.

These data and specifications are used among other things for as accurate as possible historical military simulations, such as the war game WW2 Total. The photos are mostly ‘public domain’, but partly also property of the author.

The author therefore asks for understanding that he can’t handle additional requests for the sources or pictures beyond that due to time constraints and provides the information and its sources to the internet community as ‘as published’, i.e. either the visitor of this website considers it helpful and agrees with it over, or just leaves it.
Discussions and suggestions for improvement are nevertheless welcome and can be held below the respective reports.

Panzermuseum Munster,
Norman ‘Kretaner’ visits Panzer Museum Munster, Germany.

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