Monday, November 30, 2009

Museums that Feature World War 2 Weapons

There are a number of museums that feature World War 2 weapons. These museums provide very interesting and educational displays of World War 2 weapons that are widely visited by people interested in these weapons of war. The weapons that people can see on display are wide and varied and include the items discussed in this article.

In looking at World War 2 weapons, even with tanks and aircraft, the foot soldiers remained the essential element of the army, both because there are tasks they do best, and because even the richest nation couldn�t afford to equip millions of soldiers with tanks.

The following are the various types of World War 2 weapons carried and used by infantry soldiers. When world- war 2 began, most soldiers were equipped with bolt-action rifles but they were never suitable for combat situations that demanded a rapid rate of fire. Semi-Automatic Rifles were the natural development from the bolt-action rifle. By simply adding an automatic reloading mechanism, these guns provided the soldier with a significantly faster rate of fire. These quickly became the basic personal weapons of world- war 2 soldiers. Submachine guns were also used and they were similar to a regular machine gun.

Regarding World War 2 weapons, in addition to the bolt-action rifles the assault rifle was added which was a balanced compromise between the rifle and the sub-machine gun, having sufficient range and accuracy to be used as a rifle. Then there were pistols that were generally not suitable for military fighting but were carried in combat by soldiers not expected to use them as their main fighting weapon.

The following museums in the United States will give you an opportunity to view World War 2 weapons: The Great Lakes Museum of Military History in Michigan City, Indiana, The General Patton Memorial Museum in Chiriaco Summit, California, The National D-Day Museum in New Orleans, The Eldred WW11 Museum in Eldred, Pennsylvania and The National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredricksburg, Texas. These displays of World War 2 weapons are wonderful exhibits to be sure.