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U.S. Infantry Weapons of World War II [Hardcover]

Bruce N. Canfield
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September 1996 0917218671 978-0917218675 2
The difinitive guide to the weapons carried into combat by U.S. soldiers during WWII. Amazingly comprehensive, it covers rifles, carbines, edged weapons, shotguns, machine guns, mortars, bazookas, grenades, recoilless rifles, submachine guns, automatic rifles, flame throwers and more. Includes special collector's notes for each section.Bruce N. Canfield is the world's foremost author on American military weapons of the 20th century. See his many other excellent books on similar topics.

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Editorial Reviews


Bruce Canfield's U.S. INFANTRY WEAPONS OF WORLD WAR II is the best, single volume coverage of the true U.S. weapons of the war. Mr. Canfield's work is an excellent, technical coverage of all man-portable weapons of the war, and, yet, manages to retain the human connection with the men actually involved in the slogging, day to day use of all weapons... -- Gun Report, June 1995

Outstanding...a wonderful book, well presented and beautifully illustrated. -- Arms & Armor Society Newsletter

The best single volume coverage of the true U.S. weapons of the war. -- Gun Report

The difinitive study...essential core reference book. -- The Bookwatch

From the Publisher

Now in its second printing, we present the definitive study of World War II infantry weapons...covering everything that was carried into combat by the Army or Marines and fired from the hand, shoulder or light support. World War II was primarily an infrantryman's war and our GIs made legends of the weapons they carried. From famous weapons like the M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, and the Bazooka to knives, mortars, and grenades, it's all in here! Packed with 417 photographs!

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Andrew Mowbray Pub; 2 edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0917218671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917218675
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good information for collectors or arm chair historians. February 18, 1998
This book contained a lot of good information concerning ALL of the infantry weapons used by US forces in WWII. The book also contains useful information about modern day collecting of many of these weapons. Where the book lacks is in comparing the US weapons to those of our allies and enemies. I would have loved to see stats comparing the US .30 Cal machine gun and the German MG42, but the book is US only. All in all, a good read and a must for anyone who hopes to buy or shoot one of these weapons one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agreat resource for the collector. May 31, 2000
I have found U.S. Infantry Weapons of World War II to be an invaluable guide to my collecting of weapons. I found out about various weapons that I might never have known exsisted. With production dates by serial number Any U.S. military weapon can be traced to its' date of manufactor. It is full of notes for the collector, as what to look for in a particular piece. This book is an interesting read. A must have for the collector or the enthusiast.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars U.S. INFANTRY WEAPONS OF WORLD WAR II June 9, 2010

When the U.S. entered World War II, it had a very ill-equipped army but by the war's end, it was still not the best equipped, but it had one of the most powerful land organizations in the world. One factor in this transformation was the stunning success of a few small arms designs. By the end of the war, a U.S. armored infantry regiment could throw more bullets at a target in one minute than a 19th Century regiment could in an hour. This tremendous increase in infantry power was eclipsed, however, by the even greater increases in the destructive power of the artillery and airpower. Handguns were carried by officers, vehicle crews, and specialists such as engineers and artillerymen. The most prevalent was the M-1911A1, caliber .45 semiautomatic pistol but also used was a large number of M-1917 Colt and Smith & Wesson revolvers purchased during World War I. The most common rifle used was the M-1 Caliber .30 which used a very accurate rear peep and front leaf sighting system. There were three main versions of the M-1 Garand. The U.S. Army decided that the infantry squad needed a fully automatic weapon and the M-1918 Browning Automatic Rifle or BAR was selected. Two submachine guns were used by the U.S. Army infantry in World War II-the M-1928A1 Thompson and the M-1. The other submachine gun was the M-3 or "Grease Gun." The machine guns used were the M-1917 .30 Browning, the M-2HB, the M-1919A4, M-1919A6, and the M-1921 .50 Browning. Grenades used were the Mk-2 "Pineapple", M-7 Series Rifle Grenade, and the antitank rifle grenade. Mortars utilized were the 60mm, 81mm, and the 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedic Weapons Volume June 26, 2006
Mr. Canfield has written and contributed to a number of books and volumes throughout his career and this is one of the best. It has become one of the pivital references of those new and old alike in the historical military equipment hobby. The photos are numerous and highly detailed and the text is descriptive and concise, providing interesting history of the weapon along with facts and numbers where available. This is an excellent addition to any military library and I highly recommend it.
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