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WEAPONS OF WAR. ADVANCES IN FIRE POWER. WORLD WAR 2 SAW THE GREATEST ADVANCES IN HUMAN HISTORY BIGGER BETTER FASTER MORE DEADLY WEAPONS FROM PROP TO JET FROM SINGLE SHOT TO RAPID FIRE FROM BOMB TO NAPALM TO A-BOMB. TANKS. THE ARMOURED BEASTS OF WAR. T-34 medium tank

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WEAPONS OF WAR


ADVANCES IN FIRE POWER

  • WORLD WAR 2 SAW THE GREATEST ADVANCES IN HUMAN HISTORY

  • BIGGER BETTER FASTER MORE DEADLY WEAPONS

  • FROM PROP TO JET

  • FROM SINGLE SHOT TO RAPID FIRE

  • FROM BOMB TO NAPALM TO A-BOMB


TANKS

THE ARMOURED BEASTS OF WAR


  • T-34 medium tank

    • Perhaps the best overall tank in all of the War

    • Most advanced tank design in the world

    • 6 main variants

    • Often captured and used by Germans

    • 85mm guns


RUSSIAN T-34


T-34


RUSSIAN KV-85


RUSSIAN SU 76


  • Panzer I -A very small light tank (6 tons) out of service by 41’

  • Panzer II-Light Tank (10Tons)

    • Fast recon tank, amphibious with propeller

    • Flammpanzer-flame thrower tank


  • Panzer III-Medium tank (22 Tons)

    • Main tank 40-42

    • 37 mm gun

    • T-34 made it worthless (50 mm)

    • 15,000 produced

  • Panzer IV- Medium Tank (25 Tons)

    • Short 75mm Gun, 2 machine guns

    • 9,000 produced

    • Hitler’s decision not o produce more


  • Tiger-Most famous and most formidable of the war—Heavy tank (55 tons)

    • 88 mm guns-anti-tank and anti-aircraft

    • Originally the Panzer VI

    • Slower than early Panzers

    • Very Short range due to fuel consumption

    • UNMATCHED FIRE POWER

  • Panther- (Panzer 5) a heavy tank (45 Tons)

    • Designed to counter the T-34

    • 75mm gun and 2 machine guns

    • 4,800 produced Rushed to war untested

    • Considered best of the German Tanks

    • First battle was Kursk


KING TIGER

  • HEAVY TANK WITH A 88 MM GUN, BUT WITH ARMOUR PIERCING ABILITY

  • COMPLETED IN 1943

  • 485 PRODUCED, USED IN RUSSIA AND FRANCE IN 1944

  • WEIGHED 69 TONS, VERY SLOW


PANZER I


PANZER II


PANZER III


PANZER IV


PANTHER


TIGER


KING TIGER


  • Cruiser Mk IV

  • Crusader II Medium Tank

  • Mark VII Churchill

  • CRUISER COMET=BEST OVERALL OF BRITISH TANKS


CHURCHILL TANK


VALENTINE


CROMWELL


CROMWELL


CRUISER COMET


  • M4 SHERMAN TANK (32 tons)

    • M4 Sherman tank was a winner by numbers, not by quality

    • 30,000 M4 Sherman's versus 600 Tigers and King Tigers and 1500 Panthers

    • 75mm or 76mm guns

    • Many variants of the Sherman for every possible role


AMERICAN SHERMAN


T-28

  • No conventional turret, giving it a comparatively low profile

  • Top speed of about 8 mph

  • 105 mm gun

  • 2 were ordered and none saw combat


Type 89 Otsu


ARTILLERY&ANTI-PERSONNEL


INFAMOUS 88’S


GERMAN BIG GUNS “ANZIO ANNIES”


GERMAN INFANTRY WEAPONS

WALTHER

P38

LUGER


Mauser MG34/41 'Spandau’

MP44 'Sturmgewehr'


MP 40

Schmeisser


Kar 98k

Gewehr 43


MP43

FG42


'Burp Gun'

MG 42


“STOVEPIPE”

Panzerschreck


ANTI-AIRCRAFT 38


British Infantry Weapons

Thompson


Enfield Number 2, Mark I


The Bren Gun

Short Magazine Lee Enfield


The Vickers


AMERICAN INFANTRY WEAPONS

COLT 45


M3 “GREASEGUN”


M1A1 -Thompson


M1 Rifle (Garand)

M1903A4 sniper rifle


BAR

BLMG


81 MM

MORTAR

BAZOOKA


Browning M2HB


M1-M2 FLAMETHROWER


SOVIET UNION INFANTRY WEAPONS

Nagant revolver

PPSh-41


Mosin-Nagant Model

SVT 40


DP

SG43


ANTI-TANK GUNS


ROKS-2

FLAMETHROWER


JAPANESE INFANTRY WEAPONS

T-38

NAMBU PISTOL


T-98

T-100

WOODPECKER-T-92


VARIOUS ARTILLERY& ARMOURED VEHICLES OF THE INFANTRY


The 25 Pounder Gun (Howitzer)


DUKW


LVT 1

THE ALLIGATOR LVT 4


BREN GUN CARRIER


“JEB”


WEAPONS OF THE WATER


MINE PLANTER


USS SARATOGA


USS ENTERPRISE


USS HORNET


BRITISH SUBMARINE


USS PENNSYLVANIA


USS MISSOURI


BRITISH BATTLESHIP KING GEORGE V


USS INDIANAPOLIS


AIR POWER OF WORLD WAR 2


GRUMMAN HELLCAT

CARRIER BASED

Night-Fighter


Vought F4U Corsair

Carrier Based

Pacific fighter

Corsairs downed 2,140 enemy planes while only 189 Corsairs were lost – a ratio unmatched in the history of air warfare.


Lockheed P-38 Lightning

high-altitude "pursuit aircraft"

More concentrated firepower than other US fighters


P-38 LIGHTNINGPacific (twin engine fighter)


Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

Workhorse of the Allied aerial arsenal right through 1944


P-40 WarhawkPlane used by Flying Tigers


P-40 Tomahawk


Made up ½ of the Air power

US had in 1941


P-47 Thunderbolt

“The Jug”

2,000 horsepower engine

Each wing rested four 50 caliber machine guns


Tank buster

Heavy Fire Power


P-51 Mustang


"The day I saw Mustangs over Berlin, I knew the jig was up." Hermann Goering


P-51 MUSTANGEurope—Dominant propeller air craft


440 MPH, six 50 caliber machine guns


Grumman F4F Wildcat

320 MPH, six 50 caliber machine guns

Pacific Fighter hard to handle


Vought F4U Corsair


Became a Marine Plane

Pappy Boyington & the Black Sheep Squadron


BREWSTER BUFFALO

MIDWAY


  • A heavy bomber is a bomber aircraft of the largest size, and typically longest ranges. The term was used primarily prior to and during World War II, when engine power was so scarce that designs had to be carefully tailored to their missions. The heavy bomber was generally considered to be any design that delivered 8,000 lb (4 t) of bombs or more on distant targets, with medium bombers having loads of 4,000 to 8,000 lb (2 to 4 t), and light bombers 2,000 to 4,000 lb (1 to 2 t). These distinctions were already disappearing by the middle of WWII, when the average fighter aircraft could now carry a 2,000 lb (1 t) load and the "light" designs had now largely taken over the missions formerly filled by mediums.


MESSERSCHMITT BF 110


FOCKE-WULF FW 190


87 STUKA


ME 262 A (very limited use)


MESSERSCHMITT BF 109


BRITISH SPITFIREBattle of Britain


HAWKER HURRICANE


B-24 LIBERATOR


JAPANESE ZERO


FG-1D COSAIR


F4F WILDCAT (Marine Plane)


Top speed 295 MPH, 17,600 lb. bomb load, twelve .50 caliber machine guns

B-17 FLYING FORTRESS


MEMPHIS BELLE


B 29 SUPER FLYING FORTRESS


The most expensive military project of World War Two


P-61 BLACK WIDOW1ST WITH RADAR-PACIFIC AND EUROPE


B-25 MITCHELL


F6F HELLCAT ¾ of air kills in the Pacific Theatre


Curtiss SB2C Helldiverresponsible for the destruction of more Japanese targets than any other aircraft


Heinkel He 111


DORNIER 217


TBF/TBM Avenger


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