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In response to the need for an infantry antitank weapon, Leslie A. Skinner and Edward G. Uhl of the Ordnance Department developed the bazooka, a metal tube that used an electrical firing mechanism, by early 1942. Until then American infantry had lacked an antitank rocket capable of stopping a tank.
Many bazookas were shipped to America's allies; in fact, when the Germans captured one, they copied the design to produce the Panzerschreck ("Tank Terror"). The bazooka was named for a musical contraption devised by comedian Bob Burns.
Accurate but has a slow reload time.
As they did with almost every other weapons type, the Germans developed a number of different hand grenades. There were, however, two primary types of German high-explosive hand grenades: the Stielhandgranate 24 ("stick hand grenade, model 24") and the smaller egg-shaped Eihandgranate 39 ("egg hand grenade, model 39").
The stick grenade was armed by unscrewing the metal cap on the bottom of the handle to expose a porcelain bead attached to a cord in the handle. Pulling the bead actuated a friction igniter, and the TNT charge exploded after a 4- to 5-second delay. Late in the war variant stick grenade models substituted a concrete or wooden charge container for the original metal head.
The grenade is thrown not shot. This means that the strength of the throw (distance) can be controlled, by how long the Fire button is held down before releasing.
Springfield '03 Sniper
Officially designated "U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1903," it was better known as the Springfield, the Springfield '03, or simply the '03. This bolt-action rifle was adopted by the U.S. Army in 1903 and remained the standard issue rifle of America's armed forces until 1936.
In 1936, the Springfield '03 was replaced by the M1 Garand, but many Springfields saw service in World War II. In the Normandy Campaign, the Springfield was used primarily as a sniper weapon; the vast majority of infantrymen preferred semiautomatic and automatic weapons to the bolt-action rifle. Any advantage the Springfield may have had in accuracy was more than offset by the rate of fire the Garand, M1 Carbine, and Browning automatic rifle offered.
This weapon will have a Sniper Mode, activated by the secondary weapon use key, allowing the player to zoom the camera to make precise shots. The edges of the screen will feather out as the scope is brought up to the camera. Then the crosshair overlay will be seen, which will be different from its German counterpart rifle.
The U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 rifle, or Garand was the standard-issue rifle for American infantry. Named after its inventor, John C. Garand, it was the first semiautomatic rifle widely used in combat. Although it was adopted by the army in 1936, the Garand was in short supply until 1943, but by the end of the war more than 4 million had been produced.
The M1 used special clips designed to be ejected from the gun when spent. There is a very distinct 'Ping' sound that occurs that must be captured.
MP40 Sub Machine Gun
This submachine gun evolved out of the MP38 which was prone to misfirings that had sometimes lethal results. A simple technical innovation to the hammer eliminated the problem, and the MP40 was born. Effective in close combat and simple in construction, the MP40 was very cheap to make, as its parts were machine-stamped. Mass-produced throughout the War, the MP40 numbered over 900,000 when the Third Reich fell.
The initial M1918A1 version of the Browning automatic rifle (BAR) was first used in combat by American soldiers during World War I, and many of these guns saw service in World War II. The BAR received high praise for its reliability under adverse conditions. In 1940, model M1918A2 was adopted.
Unlike earlier models, it could only be fired in two automatic modes: slow (300 to 450 rounds per minute) or fast (500 to 650 rounds per minute) but not in semiautomatic mode. Both versions were widely used; the BAR was a popular weapon in all theaters because it was reliable and offered an excellent combination of rapid fire and penetrating power. The BAR's only serious drawback was its lack of a quick-change barrel to reduce the chances of overheating.
The Colt .45 was the sidearm of choice for the American military from 1911 until its retirement in 1984. Originally suspicious of its innovative autoloading mechanism, the American military asked its inventor, John M. Browning, to rework the mechanism before accepting the gun into service.
A subsequent version, the M1911A1, utilized recoil forces to push the slide back, eject the shell, cock the hammer and reload the chamber-in a fraction of a second. The finished version of this semi-automatic pistol packed more stopping power than its predecessor, the .38-cal M1900, and, with its improved autoloader, could fire at a more rapid rate. While more than half of all enlisted men in World War I carried the Colt .45, regulations forbid infantrymen from using them in World War II. However, these regulations were rarely enforced, as many sought them as a weapon of last resort.
On VJ Day in 1945, the last order for Colt 45s was canceled by the US military, and for the next 39 years, all pistols in service were rehabilitated secondhands. Reliable and accurate, the Colt .45 is the finest American military sidearm ever made.
Thompson Sub Machine Gun
John T. Thompson, who helped develop the Springfield '03 rifle and Colt 45 pistol, began work on a "trench broom" for close-quarters combat shortly after his retirement from the army in 1918. He recognized that the .45-caliber slug of the M1911 pistol would be devastating when used in a full automatic weapon. By the spring of 1920, Thompson's company (Auto-Ordnance) produced a prototype capable of firing 800 rounds per minute. Despite its excellent test performance, the Thompson was not adopted for use by either the U.S. Army or Marine Corps.
Still, Thompson contracted with Colt for the manufacture of 15,000 guns, designated "Thompson Submachine Gun, Model of 1921." The 15,000 guns manufactured by Colt lasted until the eve of World War II. In 1940, the U.S. Army ordered 20,000 Thompson submachine guns; in 1941 the army ordered an additional 319,000. One of the main assets of the Thompson submachine gun was reliability; it performed better than most submachine guns when exposed to dirt, mud, and rain. The main complaints against the Thompson were its weight (over 10 pounds), its inaccuracy at ranges over 50 yards, and its lack of penetrating power (a common complaint with all World War II submachine guns).
Fully automatic firing ability
Mark II Fragmentation Grenade
American soldiers used many types of hand grenades during World War II, but the primary hand grenade issued to GIs was the Mark II fragmentation grenade. The Mark II was egg-shaped and constructed of cast iron. The outside of the Mark II was serrated to produce more fragments when it exploded. The specifications for the Mark II called for a TNT filler, but because TNT was in short supply when the war started many early Mark IIs were filled with a nitrostarch compound.
The time delay on the Mark II's fuse was 4 to 4.8 seconds. The Mark II's killing radius was 5 to 10 yards, but fragments could kill at up to 50 yards. Because the accepted throwing range was 35 to 40 yards, soldiers were ordered to keep their heads down until after the grenade exploded. Of the other types of hand grenades issued to GIs in Europe, the two most common were smoke and phosphorus grenades. Both these grenades were used to mask movements or mark artillery and ground-support aircraft targets.
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