Addiitional to the WW2 weapons stuff you will find here the organization of the armies, a great day by day war diary, history, more than 2,000 pictures and a WW2 War Game about the struggle of Axis vs Allies.
The war game WW2Total is the first PC game which combines strategy gaming together with first-person-shooter battles between Axis and Allies. This unique combination is an independent development by gamers for gamers.
Many of the introduced weapons (tanks, aircrafts, warships, guns) are elements or will be in future elements of the war game and the statistics and technical datas are used for the continuos expansion and development of it.
All weapons have a short story about their history and development, data, pictures and 3d model. The weapons are aircrafts, tanks, infantry firearms, artillery guns and warships.
This archive is under regular extension and is always updated.
Most on this website available fighter and bomber planes, tanks, infantry weapons, artillery guns and warships are - or will be in future elements - of the war game WW2Total and the information are used for it's continuous expansion and development.
WORL WAR ONE was beginning 100 years ago
The last days are now approaching, when WORLD WAR ONE was starting 100 years ago. For this occasion work on a new website has begun: World-War-One.net.
You will find there a war diary 1914-18 day by day, as well as information about the history, armies and weapons of World War One.
right: The Canadians at Second Ypres.
No other political assassination in modern history has had such momentous consequences as the shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the Habsburg empire, in Sarajevo, the capital of the turbulent provinces of Bosnia-Herzegovina, 100 years ago - on 28th June 1914.. . . learn more
War Diary for week of July 3 - 9, 1944
Russian Front: 100,000-strong German 4th Army encircled at Minsk.
Western Front: British 2nd Army takes Caen.
Picture: destroyed Tiger tanks after the battle of Caen.
Marianas: 3,000-strong rearguard of Saipan garrison storms US positions (night July 7-8) - before suffering annihilation. General Saito and Admiral Nagumo commit hara-kiri.. . . learn more
German self-propelled field howitzer 'Wespe'
The Wespe was designed by Alkett early in 1942, and was chosen as the most practical self-propelled mount for the leFH18 over the Panzer 3 and Panzer 4.
As an interim measure, theWespe proved a great success and in February 1943, all further Panzer 2 chassis were ordered to be used for its production. The initial order for 1,000 was cut back to 835 late in 1943. This total included 159 (without leFH18/2) designated Munitions-Sf auf Fgst PzKpfw II (Ammunition-SP on chassis (of) AFV II) which carried 90 extra-rounds with a crew of three.
Picture: SdKfz 124 Wespe driving forward.
The Wespe was built on a modified PzKpfw II chassis with the hull slightly lengthened, the engine moved forward, line glacis extended and the cooling-system louvres completely re-designed. . . learn more
World War II affected virtually every corner of the globe. In the six years between 1939
and 1945, some 50 million people lost their lives, and very few who survived were not affected.
It was the costliest and most widespread conflict the world has ever seen.
It was fought on land, sea and in the air with weapons which had first been used in the
Great War of 1914-18. Ironically, an even greater
conflict was to emerge from the burning embers of
that "war to end all wars", and with it huge advances in weapons technology.
The countries involved in
World War II now had the means and the capability
to fight each other in a more efficient - and more deadly - manner.
Yet only Great Britain, her Empire allies and Germany were involved during the whole period (and, of course, Japan and China since 1937).
For other nations the conflict was of a shorter duration.
The USA and Japan, for example, were at war
from December 1941 to August 1945 (and the USA
was simultaneously at war with Germany, until
Hitler's defeat in May 1945).
The situation was so complicated, the skeins of
alliance and enmity so intertwined that it would take
a very large chart indeed to describe them. Only one
factor was more straightforward and common to all
the countries involved: the nature of the WW2 weapons
that the men (and sometimes women) used to fight
their way to victory - or defeat. There were differences in detail of the weapons, of course: the German Panzerkampfwagen V Panther tank was a very different vehicle from the American M4 Sherman, the Russian T-34, or the British Cromwell.
But essentially they were all much the same - armoured vehicles mounting powerful guns running on tracks. The small arms with which the various combatant nations equipped their armies were very different in detail too, but essentially they were all devices for launching projectiles at high speed. In short, many would simply say that guns are guns, bombs are bombs, aircraft are aircraft, and so on.
But there is certainly more to it than that, for the capacity to win or lose a war actually rested on these weapons' qualities, just as much as it did on the fighting skills of those who employed them and on the strategic sense of those who directed them in their use.
Close up view of damage in vicinity of rudder stock.
Torpedo fired from U 407 Captained by Ernst Ullrich Bruller at 13:20hrs 23/07/43 off Syracuse during the battle of Sicily. Shows damage inflicted to HMS Newfoundland. Photographed in Malta
This painting from Konrad Hommel after the victory over France was called 'The Fuhrer on the battlefield'. Left from Hitler is Goering, between them Keitel and on the right Brauchitsch, the commander of the German army.
New Guinea: Successful American counter-attacks on Japanese bridgehead west of the river Driniumor.
Secret War: Pilot of Ju 88G night fighter equipped with special radar and radio homing equipment lands by mistake at Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Picture: The Ju 88 G-1 at Woodbridge. The young and inexperienced crew was flying back in the opposit and wrong direction after their patrol over the North Sea. The new night fighter was equipped with the latest German radar instruments and its exploration by the RAF destroyed all German hopes finally, to counter the British night bombing offensive.
War Diary Today, 70 years ago:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 1944
Western Front: Brigade-General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., CGM, dies of heart attack.