Famous American Weapons of WW II
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Below:  An American soldier trains with the M1 Garand rifle.  The rifle played a major role
in the victory of  the Allies, because of it's semi-automatic fire, reliability, and accuracy.

Below:  The inventor of the M1, John Garand, working on equipment
at the Army's gun factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Below:  Liberty Ships were a different kind of weapon in World War II.
These were cargo ships, designed to be assembled quickly even by
workers with limited shipbuilding experience.  Over 2,500
were built, and played a key role in moving millions of
tons of supplies across the Atlantic Ocean.

Below:  The famous P 51 Mustang fighter airplane.  Designed
and built in record time as World War II began in Europe, it saw
service fighting in both Europe and the Pacific.

Aircraft carriers like the USS Hornet (below) brought about a complete
change in fighting strategy at sea during World War II.  Even the largest enemy
battleships could be sunk by airplanes launched from the decks of carriers.

Below:  A full scale replica of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. 
President Truman believed the bomb saved hundreds of thousands of lives,
both American and Japanese, by ending the war quickly. 

All photos except the atomic bomb photo are from the Library of Congress. 
The photo of the atomic bomb is from Wikipedia and the National Archives.
Some have been edited or resized for this page.

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