Weapons of World War 2 Essay

1425 Words Jun 19th, 2005 6 Pages
Weapons and Artillery of World War II The result of World War II was affected by many different factors. One major factor which affected the war was the weapons and artillery used during the war. Since the beginnings of time, weapons have always been around. From swords and knives to nuclear weapons and missiles, weapons have evolved greatly throughout the years. The weapons and artillery used in World War II basically were evolved types of weaponry that were used during World War I (Military History 1). World War II began in 1939 when the German armies decided to invade parts of Europe, therefore causing Europeans to retaliate against the Germans (World War 1). World War II began because those countries which were …show more content…
Also, they were around their rifle more than any other weapon which gives the soldiers a more comfortable feeling around their rifles. Another gun which branches from the rifle is the machine gun. The Germans were mainly the ones who would take the credit for the invention of the machine gun (50). There were two main types of machine guns, light machine guns and heavy machine guns. The main differences between the two were the weight and the fire power. For the Americans the M2HB was considered the war winner for them because of its power. The Germans had no gun comparable to the fire power of the M2HB. You can call the M2HB the closest weapon to be called a universal weapon (61). The mortars were also an important weapon in World War II. They were small, light and lobbed shells at high angles. It was a smoothbore tube, sealed at the bottom, and had some kind of elevating feature. The main use for the mortar was when a soldier would drop down from a chute and release them into the enemies. It would then fling projectile toward the enemy's way (Slayton 63). As early as 1918, a small rocket launcher was invented by Robert Goddard, an American scientist (Military History 7). The main purpose of this rocket launcher was to destroy large vehicles such as tanks. In World War II there were anti-tank rifles which could shoot a bullet through a tank. These

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