My New Book: Small Arms of World War Two – United States

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Small Arms of WWII: United States of America is the first in Headstamp Publishing’s newest book series covering the myriad of weapons developed and fielded around the globe by the various participants in the Second World War.

This book series blends fresh historical commentary and beautiful photography to give readers a new understanding and perspective of small arms development before, during, and after the war. Author Ian McCollum (of Forgotten Weapons) and photographer James Rupley (of Vickers Guide) have teamed up to create a book series that is simultaneously engaging, entertaining, educational, and artistically gorgeous.

The Second World War was a fascinating and dynamic time in the history of firearms – a period that began with revolvers and bolt-action weapons, and ended with the first generations of modern select-fire combat rifles. We detail these developments in Small Arms of WWII, discussing not just what the weapons were, but why they were developed and how they performed in the field. If you want to get a better understanding of how these weapons changed warfare and were in turn themselves changed by warfare, this is the book series for you!

Small Arms of WWII: USA covers the following categories of firearms utilized by the various branches of the U.S. military during the Second World War:

  • Handguns
  • Submachine Guns
  • Rifles
  • Machine Guns
  • Shotguns
  • Miscellaneous items

Small Arms of WWII: USA presents this highly curated collection of firearms in never-before-seen detail on larger than life, wide format, full color prints in a premium hardback form.


  1. Does the book have information on the 1941 Johnson Rifle, the 1914 and 1944 light Machine Gun and the 1944 Johbson carbine.

  2. Looks like a good book to get! I’m very interested in WW2 now and it’s the topic we discuss now at my university. Soon it’s the end of term and I need to write a paper, I think it will be dedicated to WW2, and I think that I’ll for sure include info about weapons. I think this book can be really helpful for me. From time to time when I need to write something like this, I use the help of because sometimes I have no idea what to write or don’t have enough time. Such professional help is beneficial. But I will be writing about something I’m interested in so I think it will be easier.

  3. ” Small Arms of World War Two – United States” is a comprehensive exploration of the small arms used by the United States during World War II. Delving into the rifles, handguns, submachine guns, and other weaponry employed by American forces during this pivotal period in history, this book provides detailed insights into their design, development, and impact on the battlefield. With rich historical context and stunning visuals, it offers a captivating journey through the weaponry that played a crucial role in shaping the outcome of the war.

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