Weapons

Small Arms

Bayonets | Pistols  | Rifles
Submachine Guns

Thompson Submachine Gun
Sten Gun
C1 Submachine Gun

Light Weapons

Light Machine Guns

Lewis Gun
Bren Gun
C2 LMG
C9 LMG

Machine Guns

Colt Machine Gun
Vickers Gun
C5 General Purpose MG
C6 General Purpose MG
M2 .50 calibre

Light Anti-Tank Weapons

Boys Anti-Tank Rifle
Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank
Bazooka
M72 SRAAW (L)
Carl Gustav
Eryx

Mortars

2-inch Mortar
3-inch Mortar
3-inch Stokes Gun
6-inch Newton Mortar
9.45-inch Newton Mortar
C3 81mm Mortar
M19 60mm Mortar

Ordnance

Anti-Tank Guns

106mm Recoilless Rifle
2-pounder Anti-Tank Gun
6-pounder Anti-Tank Gun
17-pounder Anti-Tank Gun
TOW Missile

Guns

18-pounder Gun
25-pounder Gun
60-pounder Howitzer
C1 105mm Howitzer
C3 105mm Howitzer
LG1 C1 105mm Howitzer

Anti-Aircraft Guns

3.7-inch Gun

Grenades

Hand Grenades
No. 69 Grenade
M61 & M67 Grenade
Rifle Grenades
Grenade Launchers
Anti-Tank Grenades
No. 68 Grenade

Ammunition
Small Arms & Light Weapons

.303 Mk VII
5.56mm
7.62mm NATO
Pistol Ammunition
PIAT Ammunition

Ordnance

106mm Ammunition
Armour Piercing
Armour Piercing Composite Rigid
AP Discarding Sabot
High Explosive Anti-Tank
High Explosive, Squash Head

Terminology

Fixed ammunition
Proximity Fuze

M2 Heavy Machine Gun

The Browning .50 calibre machine gun was, like the Browning .30, first used by Canadians in the Second World War as a vehicle mounted weapon, though it was not nearly in common in Canadian service as it was in American service. It was not used in a dismounted ("infantry") role until after the Korean War, though some infantry units used them mounted on halftracks in Korea, using them to good effect against large scale Chinese infantry attacks.

In the 1970s, with the defence planning centering on an imagined invasion of the western Europe by Warsaw Pact forces, infantry organizations serving in Europe underwent major changes in doctrine and armament. Each infantry section in rifle platoons serving in Germany were equipped with a .50 calibre machine gun, mounted in the crew commanders hatch of the section's M113 armoured personnel carrier, but often deployed dismounted and used on a tripod. Soviet doctrine at that time was to use waves of infantry and armoured vehicles to overcome opposition; the .50 would have been of use against both dismounted infantry as well as lightly armoured personnel carriers. Each infantry section also had an 84mm Carl Gustav Medium Anti-Armour Weapon (normal scale of issue in Canada was one for every platoon of three sections).

M2 .50 HMG, shown in Germany in the late 1970s.Photo courtesy James Smith.

 


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