World War II or the Second World War that took place in the history of humanity was a series of conflicts between many countries and took place over a long period, from 1939 to 1945. It involved the majority of the super powers of the world, and two main opposing military alliances were formed, namely the Allies and the Axis. The significant and major participants of the war invested their economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities to survive and succeed in the war taking place. Over 100 million people and over 30 countries were directly involved in the war, and the line between the civilians and the military was erased.
There were many different types of vehicles and artillery used in this war by different countries and alliances. The following are ten of the most powerful machines used in the World War II.
LCVP was used by the US Navy for the main purpose of allowing their troops to land and travel on water that was occupied and controlled by the enemy. Also known as the “Higgins boat” it is named after its creator Andrew Higgins who invented it to be used over shallow water. 22,492 of these Higgins boats were built during the 15 year production period.
- Katyusha (BM-13)
Katyusha is the informal name for the field rocket artillery that was used by the armed forces of the USSR. BM-8 and BM-31 were also known as Katyusha, but the BM-13 was the most massive Soviet war artillery of this type, which was widely used from 1941-1945.
- Avro Lancaster
Avro Lancaster was a heavy bomber aircraft that was used by the British Royal Air Force during the Second World War. It was considered as the most efficient and famous night bomber during that time, and it dropped more than 600,000 tons of bombs.
- U-boat (submarine)
U-boat submarine is the abbreviation of the submarines used by the German Navy during the war. Even though Germany did not have a very strong navy to find its enemies in the sea, its submarines proved to be extremely effective against the convoys that transported goods to the Soviet Union and its allies.
- Hawker Hurricane
These single-seat fighters were used by the British army during the war and were manufactured by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. More than 14,500 of these were built, and there were several different types of aircrafts having different modifications for different purposes.
- Tank M4 “Sherman.”
M4 Sherman was used and manufactured by the US Army during the Second World War. There were several different models of this tank, and it is considered as the third most famous tank in the world. These were used from 1942-1945 and 49,234 tanks were produced.
- 88-mm anti-aircraft gun Flak 18/36/37/41
This equipment used by the Germans during the war is also known as “eight-eight”. It was used as anti-tank, and anti-aircraft artillery used to destroy both tanks and aircrafts used by the enemies. 17,125 of these were built, and these were used from 1939 to 1945.
- North American P-51 Mustang
Manufactured by the US Army, it is a single seat fighter that was used to drop bombs on the German territory and is considered as the best fighter plane of the US Navy Force during that time. It was developed in 1940 and is one of the most influential military equipment of the Second World War.
Carriers are a type of warship used by the Japanese and Americans during the Pacific battles of the World War. These represented a major role in the war, and these aircraft carriers were also used in the famous attack on Pearl Harbor.
- Tank T-34
T-34 is a medium sized Soviet tank that was produced from 1940 to 1944. It is a legendary tank and also known as the most famous medium sized tank used in this war that is also used by some countries today. Military experts say that this is the most famous tank that has ever been produced and is also considered as a famous symbol of this war.