List of German military equipment of World War II

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The following is a list of German military equipment of World War II which includes artillery, vehicles and vessels. World War II was a global war that was under way by 1939 and ended in 1945. Following political instability build-up in Europe from 1930, the Germans, which aimed to dominate Europe, attacked Poland on 1 September 1939, marking the start of World War II. The war in Europe ended 8 May 1945 with capitulation of Germany to the Allied forces.

The Germans used a number of type designations for their weapons. Usually, the type designation and series number (i.e. FlaK 30) are sufficient to identify a system, but occasionally multiple systems of the same type are developed at the same time and share a designation, at which point one must reference the calibre to differentiate.[1]

Knives and bayonets[edit]

Name Image Issued Notes
Kampfmesser 42 1944–1945 Never produced in large quantities
S84/98 III Bagnet wyjęty z pochwy.JPG 1935–1945
Seitengewehr 98 Prussian bayonet clean.jpg

Small arms[edit]

Pistols (manual and semi-automatic)[edit]

Name Image Issued Notes
Bodeo Model 1889 Italy revolver, Modello 1889, Pistola a Rotazione, System Bodeo, Caliber 10.35 mm, made in 1918 - National World War I Museum - Kansas City, MO - DSC07468.JPG
ČZ vz. 27 CZ27 (6971789467).jpg
Dreyse M1907 Dreyse 1907.jpg
Luger P08 pistol Luger IMG 6768-retouched.jpg
Mauser HSc Mauser HSc (6971795373).jpg
Nazi belt buckle pistol
Sauer 38H Smolensk-War-Museum-16.jpg
Steyr M1912 Steyr-Hahn M1912.JPG Occupied Austrian production. Converted to 9mm Parabellum as the P12(Ö)
Vis pistol Radom (6825677274).jpg (also known as Radom wz.35 Vis) - occupied Polish production
Walther P38 Walther P38 1943 Whermacht.jpg
Walther PP Walther PP (6971798197).jpg
Astra 300 (imported from Spain)
Astra 400 (imported from Spain)
Astra 600 (imported from Spain)
Browning Hi-Power FN Hi Power.jpg (occupied Belgian production)
FÉG 37M Pistol Feguar (6971790137).jpg (imported from Hungary)
Star Model B (imported from Spain)
FN 1922 Browning 1910 (6971783833).jpg (occupied Belgian production)
Kongsberg Colt Kongsberg Colt.jpg (Occupied Norwegian Production)

Automatic pistols and submachine guns[edit]


Name Image Issued Notes
Gewehr 41 Automatgevär m1941 Walther - Tyskland - AM.067370.jpg 1941–1945
Gewehr 43 Automatgevär m1943 - Tyskland - AM.045876.jpg 1943–1945
Gewehr 98 Gewehr 98.jpg 1935
HIW VSK 1944–1945
Karabiner 98k Kar 98K - AM.021488.jpg 1935–1945 Main German rifle during World War II
M30 Luftwaffe drilling 1941–1942 Shotgun and rifle
vz. 24 Vz. 24 rifle.jpg 1939–1942 Upgraded to Karabiner 98k standards, occupied Czech production
vz. 33 G33-40 total.jpg 1939–1942 Occupied Czech production
ZH-29 ZH-29.jpg

Grenades and grenade launchers[edit]


Recoilless rifles[edit]


Machine guns[edit]

Infantry and dual-purpose machine guns[edit]

Vehicle and aircraft machine guns[edit]


Demolition charges[edit]

Infantry mortars[edit]

Heavy mortars and rocket launchers[edit]

Field artillery[edit]

Fortress and siege guns[edit]

Anti-tank guns[edit]

Anti-tank weapons (besides anti-tank guns)[edit]

Anti-aircraft weapons[edit]

Light anti-aircraft guns[edit]

Heavy anti-aircraft guns[edit]


Nazi Germany had captured many models of foreign equipment. In the list below, only most prominent captured models are listed. For full listing of captured vehicles see List of foreign vehicles used by Nazi Germany in World War II


  • AMR 35 - captured from French, some converted to mortar carrier


Self-propelled guns[edit]




Armored cars[edit]

Armored carriers[edit]

Engineering and command[edit]


Passenger cars[edit]


Tractors and prime movers[edit]

Miscellaneous vehicles[edit]

Navy ships and war vessels[edit]


Secret weapons[edit]


Missiles and bombs[edit]

Cartridges and shells[edit]

50 cal shells

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World War 2 Weapons". Military Dictionary. Archived from the original on 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  2. ^ John Walter, Guns of the Third Reich, Greenhill Books, 2004, p. 163
  3. ^ John Walter, Guns of the Third Reich, Greenhill Books, 2004, p. 163
  4. ^ John Walter, Guns of the Third Reich, Greenhill Books, 2004, p. 163
  5. ^ Panzerabwehrkanonen

Further reading[edit]

  • Chamberlain, Peter & Gander, Terry. Light and Medium Field Artillery. New York: Arco, 1975
  • Gander, Terry. Heavy Artillery of World War II. Wiltshire: The Crowood Press, 2004 ISBN 1-84037-414-4