Weapons

We currently own a variety of weapons which form both part of our display and are also used in mock battle re-enactments. 
Included below are some of the weapons we own as a group. As with all theatres of Operation it was not uncommon to see troops using captured weapons to their advantage.

Panzerschreck

The Panzerschreck which is German for 'armour fear' or 'tank fright' 

was copied from an America designed Bazooka captured in 1942/1943. It was designed as an enlarged version which was to be used as a lightweight infantry anti-tank weapon. The Panzerschreck had an 88mm calibre; larger than it's American counterpart which had a calibre of just 60mm.


Calibre: 88mm

Muzzle Velocity: 130 metres per second

Length: 164 cm

Weight: 9.5 kg

Operational Range: 100-200 metres



(above) Two members of our group firing the Panzerschreck.

Mauser Karabiner 98 k

The 98 k or (K.98) was the standard bolt action rifle of the Wehrmacht from it's production in 1935 through to the end of the Second World War. The origins go back to the rifle used by the Imperial German Army in 1898 which was then used from 1914-1918. The 'k' in the name of the rifle stands for 'Kurz' which means short as it had a shorter barrel.


Calibre: 7.92 mm

Muzzle Velocity: 755 metres per second 

Magazine Capacity: 5 Rounds

Weight: 4.1 kg

Operational Range: 400 metres- 2,000 metres




(above) An original German 98 k rifle. 




Captured Weapons

British 2 Inch Mortar

The 2-inch mortar was developed in Britain during the 1930's copied from a design similar to the Spanish 50 mm mortar. The mortar was originally fitted with a sight that incorporated a spirit level but this was replaced with a thin white line running down the length of the barrel which was aimed in the direction of the target before firing.


Calibre: 2 Inch (50.8 mm)

Rate of Fire: 8 rounds per minute

Length: 53 cm

Weight: 4.65 kg

Operational Range: 460 metres (500 yards)




(above) The 2-inch mortar and 2 rounds used to fire it.

British Bren Light Machine Gun Model. 303 (Mk. 2)

The name Bren derives from the first two letters of 'Brno' and 'Enfield'. Brno represents the Czechoslovakian origin of the weapon which was designed there in 1933. Enfield represents the ammunition, the weapon fired a .303 round which was also fired in the British Lee-Enfield rifle. During ww2 the Bren was manufactured in Enfield as well as Canada and Australia.


Calibre: .303 (7.7 mm)

Rate of Fire: 500 rounds per minute

Magazine Capacity: 30 Rounds

Weight: 10.2 kg

Operational Range: 650 metres




(above) Bren with carrying sling and spare magazines.

British Lee- Enfield No.4 (.303)

The Original Lee-Enfield was developed in 1895 but it was not designated as a standard weapon until 1902. After the First World War Britain had large stocks of both .303 calibre ammunition and Lee-Enfield rifles. The most used 303 during the Second World War was the No.4 Mk.1 which was first introduced in the 1930's and remained in service up until 1945.


Calibre: .303 (7.7 mm)

Muzzle Velocity: 745 metres per second 

Magazine Capacity: 10 Rounds

Weight: 4.12 kg

Operational Range: 800 metres




(above) Lee-Enfield No.4 Rifle (Canadian Long-Branch).








Reference: Weapons of World War II by Alexander Ludeke (Published in 2010). Photo of Panzershreck was taken by WarTog a WW2 events photographer at the East Lancashire Railway in 2013.