WW2 Weapons

The World Wars 1914-18 and 1939-45.

header 2020 en

Recent reports:

battleship of the Nelson class
British Royal Navy, French Navy and German Kriegsmarine at the beginning of World War II in September 1939. Part I: Read more
Ju 88G night fighters
WW2 War Diary for Saturday, February 19, 1944: Air War Germany: First heavy defeat of Royal Air Force in a Read more
Munich, armed vigilantes
World War One Diary for Wednesday, February 19, 1919: France: Clemenceau wounded by anarchist Cottin (sentenced to death March 15), Read more
Early T-34 tanks
Famous Russian medium tank, first version T-34 Model 1940. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. T-34 Model Read more
Amiens Prison Raid
WW2 War Diary for Friday, February 18, 1944: Air War Western Europe - Amiens Prison Raid: 19 Mosquito bombers (4 Read more
Lewis Hine in Paris
World War One Diary for Tuesday, February 18, 1919: France - Peace Process: Yugoslav claims heard. Britain: Prime Minister instructs Read more
FE2b 1
British two-seater fighter Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2 from World War One. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and model. Royal Aircraft Read more
Truk Raid
WW2 War Diary for Tursday, February 17, 1944: Sea War Pacific - THE TRUK RAID: 9 carriers of Admirals Mitscher's Read more
first German airmail connection
World War One Diary for Monday, February 17, 1919: No special events that day. Read more
StuG 40 G in Athens
German assault gun StuG 40 G (SdKfz 142/1) History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. StuG 40 Ausf Read more
SdKfz 251 of the German 4th Paratrooper Division at Anzio
WW2 War Diary for Sunday, February 16, 1944: Mediterranean Italy - Anzio: Germans drive deep salient into Allied line south Read more
Polish insurgents shoot
World War One Diary for Sunday, February 16, 1919: France - Peace Process: Armistice extension terms signed at Trier, to Read more
Portugal Army 1
The Army of Portugal in World War One 1916-1918. Uniforms, strength and organization of the Portuguese Army in Europe and Read more
destroyed ancient Abbey of Monte Cassino
WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, February 15, 1944: Air War Mediterranean: MONTE CASSINO BOMBARDED. Ancient Abbey of Monte Cassino shattered Read more
completely overcrowded railway trains
World War One Diary for Saturday, February 15, 1919: France - Peace Process: Allied Supreme Economic Council raises Dardanelles blockade Read more
Mark I Thiepval Sep1916
British heavy Infantry Tank Mark I of World War One and first tank in history. History, development, service, specifications, pictures Read more
US Marines using an advanced field telephone
WW2 War Diary for Monday, February 14, 1944: Sea War Pacific: American and NZ forces land on Green Island, between Read more
White troops retreat
World War One Diary for Friday, February 14, 1919: France - Peace Process: League of Nations Covenant (published February 15) 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.

for sharing:

Scroll to Top