The Allies, led by the United Kingdom and until its defeat, France, were joined in the European theatre by the Soviet Union in June 1941 and by the United States in December 1941. In the Asia-Pacific theater, the Allies were led by the Republic of China, following the 1937 invasion of China by Japan, and the United States and the British Commonwealth, following the 1941-1942 Japanese attacks. The primary Allied belligerents included the U.S., Britain, France, USSR, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, and Yugoslavia.
WW2 engaged the militaries of many countries and used a variety of uniforms, which often changed depending upon the theater of war, climatic environment, and supply exigencies. Seen here are illustrations of dress uniforms, field uniforms, helmets, tropical and winter gear, boots, and more!
In any army a new soldier is trained in the use of one basic form of service rifle. From the old bolt-action rifles that had been in use since long before World War I to the new self-loading or automatic rifles, World War II was a war of transition for the basic infantryman. These are the rifles they used.
The trend toward automatic rifles, light machine guns, and more powerful submachine guns resulted in a wide variety of firearms that combined characteristics of ordinary rifles and machine guns. The machine gun had a dramatic effect on the conduct of warfare; a single machine could produce the same weight of fire as a squadron of rifles and the effect could be devastating.