Weapons of World War Two
American, British, Russian, German, Japanese and Italian Weapons of World War Two
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British Weapons of World War Two
Lee Enfield Mk. 1
Lee Enfield Mk. 4
Lee Enfiled Mk. 5 Jungle Carbine
Sten Mk. 2 (silenced)
Enfield No. 2 Mk. 1 Revolver
Boys Anti-Tank Rifle
P.I.A.T. Anti-Tank Weapon
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The Lee-Enfield Mk 1 was invented in 1903. It weighed 8.18 lbs.
unloaded, and used the .303in round.(This is equivalent to 7.69)
These versions of rifles were called SMLE's, or Short Magazine
Lee-Enfield. This was one of the primary Britishweapons of
World War Two, and it was used very extensively. It held
10 rounds, being loaded by 2 stripper clips. This is one of the
3 ways you can load it. Later in1907, a new version had been
introduced. The most noticeable difference was that the rear
sight had been moved back from the forestock, to the reciever
bridge. This greatly improved accuracy.
The Lee-Enfield No 4 rifle was quite similar to it's earlier
versions, except for a few changes.The most noticeable
was the new barrel, which also served as a bayonet lug.
The rear sightswere also a flip-up design, found at the
reciever bridge. The No 4 weighed 8.18 lbs. unloaded.
The weapon was also a highly sucessful sniper's rifle,
the best in World War Two. During World War One,
it was the only rifle to be created by original idea. Other
rifles like the Springfield '03,were just copies of the
German Kar 98, which were very similar in design.
The British were very commited to the war against Japan
in the earl 1940's, and were fighting alot of more in jungles.
This proved that the British needed a short, light-weight rifle,
suitable for jungle combat. The British looked at theAmerican
M1 Carbine for an example. Their answer: The Lee-Enfield
Number 5. The rifle was already in production by fall of 1944.
The gun weighed 7.2 lbs., almost 2 pounds less than the Number
4 rifle, and like most British firearms at the time, carried the .303
cartridge. It was fed by a 10 round box magazine. The shorter
barrel of this weapon made use for a flash suppressor, which in
turn needed a new type of bayonet. Yet, this rifle did have a few
defects. For one, shortening this rifle and making it lighter, increased
recoil. And second, this rifle's accuracy would sometimes wander
off target, making it very inaccurate. There were several attemps to
fix this problem, but it was found that it could not be fixed, and was
put out of production in 1947.
This weapon was designed by Major Shepherd and Mr. Turpin
at the Royal Small Arms Factory. This weapon was officialy
adopted to the British army and RAF in 1941. It's name the
"Sten" as it was called, stood for
The weapon was first issued in June of 1941, and between then and
1945, over 4 million had been produced and put into service. This
weapon was not entirely popular with British troops, as it was not
very reliable. The magazine on the left side was tilted slightly up-
wards, so gravity would help the cartidges into the chamber. The
Sten used the 9 X 19mm round, and weighed 7.18 lbs. Even though
this weapon was not popular with British troops, it was used very
extensively by the resistance. Another problem with the Sten was
that it had no safety, making this weapon dangerous in close quarters
when not in use.
This was another variation of the Sten Mk 2, except being fitted
with a integral silencer. The bullet that came out of the barrel, came
out at sub-sonic speed. The bullet was so quiet, that the click of the
bolt was the loudest noise made. The only flaw is that this weapon
must be fired in single shots. If it is fired automaticly constantly, the
baffles would be worn out. This would build up pressure, which would
blow off the end cap of the silencer. This version of the Sten weighed
7.76 lbs unloaded.
In the 1930's, the British army needed a new machine gun, to
replace the old Lewis Gun, which had been in service since
World War One. The British Military Attache looked at the
design on the Czech ZB26. During testing, they found that it
performed so well, that they decided to adopt it. But for the
British version, it was modified to chamber the .303 rimmed
cartridge, and the magazine was curved. In the late 1930's, the
Bren was produced in widely in Canada, and produced in 7.92mm
in China. The Bren is probably one of the finest and most reliable
machine guns ever made. In combat the Bren could be used by one
man, but sometimes required a two man crew, one for firing, and
one for changing out the barrels. Unloaded, the Bren weighed a
heavy, 22.38 lbs.
This British 6 shot revolver was first invented in
1932 as Webley Mk VI. It has an extensive history as being used
in Boer War, World War One, and World War Two, as well as being
used by many police around the world. It weighed 1.72 lbs. unloaded,
and used the big .455 round, but later became available in the .38
cartridge. This pistol was self-cocking, which most soldier's preffered
in combat. Approximately 125,000 Webley's were manufactured.
The Welrod was a silenced pistol that was
used primarily by the American OSS and the British SOE. It carried either
a 9mm parabellum round, or a .32 ACP. The bullet traveled at subsonic speeds.
The Welrod normally had a 5 round magazine in the pistol grip. The back of
the barrel served as a bolt handle, which was turned and pulled out to load
the next cartridge into the chamber. Overall, the Welrod was about 12 inches long. The
Welrod has a maximum range of 25 yards, but was more so intended for point blank targets.
The muzzle end of the gun was cut away so that it could be fired in direct contact
with the target. This would reduce the sound levels even further, and removed the
chance of missing.
machine gun is very similar to the Maxim machine gun, invented
by Hiram Maxim. It was water-cooled, belt fed, carried the British
.303 round, and had a miximum fire rate of 500 rounds per minute,
and was recoil operated. The gun itself weighed 33lbs., and the
tripod weighed 50 lbs. The problem in this machine gun was that
it could sustainconstant fire, but only a few thousand rounds. After
that, the rifling would wear away, and the bullet would lose it's spin,
making it much less accurate. Since the barrel could be changed
quickly, this was not a very serious problem. Another problem
was that if the barrel got hot, it would steam and lose water.
was developted by Captain Boys in the 1930's. The Boys was
really just an oversized bolt action rifle, fed from a top-mounted
magazine. The BOYS weighed 36 lbs. unloaded, and used a .55
caliber round. A muzzle brake was added, and the stock was heavily
padded, all in an attempt to reduce the heavy recoil. The Boys had
a maximum armor penetration of 20mm. After the Boys was taken out
of service for the PIAT, it came back in 1942 in a shortened version.
But it was later seen that the Boys stood no chance at the modern
tanks and was put out of service.
The PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank) first came into service
in late 1942. It launched a 3lb. hollow charge bomb, that was fired
by a powerful spring that detonated the bomb's propellant. The PIAT
weighed 32 lbs., and was odd to handle. It had a lot of recoil and
was hard to reload. To help pull the spring back, soldiers would sometimes
use their feet. After it was cocked, you would place the projectile in the
spingot, and it was ready to fire. A monopod was provided for support.
The PIAT was accurate up to 90 yards, and was effective against all German
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