Unsung: The ANM2 .50-caliber Machine Gun in World War II

  • Room: 361BE
Friday,May 27, 2022:2:30 PM -4:30 PM


Seminar Speaker
Martin K.A. Morgan


When we think of the firearms used by U.S. forces during World War II, the AN/M2 .50-caliber machine gun doesn't exactly jump to the front of the line. Nevertheless, it was in action from Day 1 – Sunday, December 7, 1941 – through to August 18, 1945 when the gunners on two B-32 Dominators used it to fire the USA’s final shots of the conflict. During the 1,350 days in between, the AN/M2 .50 served in the air, on land and at sea, and it was a part of every major battle in every theater of operations around the world. That is something that cannot be said about any other U.S. military firearm that was in service at the time. Considering the significant contribution to the war effort that it made and its relative obscurity in the history of U.S. small arms, the AN/M2 .50-caliber machine gun is truly the unsung hero of U.S. firepower during the Second World War.