Military Weapons

The Military Weapons section of Olive-Drab.com covers all types of military firearms -- rifles, pistols, submachine guns -- as well as military knives and bayonets, crew served weapons, and heavier firepower. Follow the links below to the individual pages and sub-sections.

J.D. Estes tries out .30 cal. machine gun at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, TX, August 1942
J.D. Estes tries out .30 cal. machine gun at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, TX, August 1942.

Today in WW II: 23 Feb 1942 Japanese submarine I-17 attacks a coastal oil refinery at Santa Barbara, CA. 17 high-explosive shells cause insignificant damage.  More 
23 Feb 1944 US forces achieve victory in the Battle of Eniwetok Atoll, in the Pacific Marshall Islands.
23 Feb 1945 US Marines from 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division captured the summit of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, after days of intense fighting. Without realizing its significance, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped the world famous Iwo Jima flag photo.
23 Feb 1945 Allied Forces cross the Roer River [Operation Grenade].
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Military Weapons Directory

This section provides information about military weapons ranging from the rifle or pistol of the individual soldier, through crew served infantry weapons like mortars or machine guns, up to military firepower like artillery, naval and air systems, as well as chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.