WWII Ordnance Illustrated

There have been publications that have covered firearms, and armored vehicles, but never anything (that I am aware of) that has been dedicated to the land-based weapons of World War II. This was the seminal conflict for weapons development, expanding on the concepts introduced in the First World War, and advancing weapons technology at an amazing rate. Another technology that also advanced at this time was photography and, as cameras became widely available, the visual documentation of the Second World War is second to none. WWII Ordnance Illustrated is designed to bring all of those elements together for the serious student of weapons systems and military history. If you are interested in the weapons of World War II, this is the magazine for you.

WWII Ordnance Illustrated is a quarterly publication, available by purchase exclusively from Armor Plate Press. Interested writers and researchers are encouraged to contact the editor. While this publication does not actively seek advertisers, opportunities exist to sponsor individual issues. If you would like to sponsor an issue, please contact us to learn more about upcoming issues.

We also have several special issues of World War II Ordnance Illustrated available on two separate pages:

Note that you can click on any of the magazine cover thumbnails below for a preview of the contents.

WWII Ordnance Illustrated Issue 10Issue X

Inside this issue:
  • MP38/40 Submachine Gun
  • Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Puma Armored Car
  • 57mm Gun, M1: GI Anti-Tank Gun
  • Japanese Rocket Launchers
  • xT-34-85
  • Panzerabwehrhunde: Soviet Dog Mines

48 pages

WWII Ordnance Illustrated Issue 9Issue IX

Inside this issue:
  • Book Reviews
  • Lee & Grant Tanks in British Service
  • Pak 97/38: Makeshift 75mm AT Gun
  • Jagdpanzer IV: Armored Assassin
  • Springfield Sniper Rifles: One-Shot Killers
  • Animal Tamers: Fighting German tanks on the Eastern Front during 1944

48 pages

WWII Ordnance Illustrated Issue 8Issue VIII

Inside this issue:
  • Book Reviews
  • U.S. Hand Grenades
  • Sturmpanzer IV
  • Sten Gun SMG
  • Soviet DP-28 LMG
  • Live Ordnance: Russian Captured Mauser Rifles

48 pages

WWII Ordnance Illustrated Issue 7Issue VII

Inside this issue:
  • Book Reviews
  • Panzerfaust Anti-tank Weapon
  • Japanese Type 95 Light Tank
  • Thompson SMG Field Modifications
  • Soviet IS-II Heavy Tank
  • Live Ordnance: Ghosts of Guadalcanal, Part II

48 pages

WWII Ordnance Illustrated Issue 6Issue VI

Inside this issue:

  • Book Reviews
  • U.S. Flamethrowers in WWII
  • Japanese Model 89 Grenade Discharger
  • German Goliath Tracked Mine
  • Soviet Quad Maxim AA Machine Gun
  • Live Ordnance: Ghosts of Guadalcanal, Part I

48 pages

WWII Ordnance Illustrated Issue 5Issue V

Inside this issue:

  • Book Reviews
  • The Reising Submachine Gun
  • U.S. Rifle Grenades
  • The Japanese 47mm Anti-Tank Gun Type 1
  • KV-2: Red Giant
  • Live Ordnance: The Mosin-Nagant Rifle
  • Micro Ordnance: Combat Reels

48 pages

WWII Ordnance Illustrated Issue 4Issue IV

Inside this issue:

  • Book Reviews
  • US M3 75mm Gun Motor Carriage
  • M1 Carbine Field Modifications
  • BREN Light Machine Gun
  • Sd. Kfz. 4 Nebelwerfer Maultier
  • Live Ordnance: Getting Smart about Dummy Guns
  • Micro Ordnance: Chess Korps

44 pages

WWII Ordnance Illustrated Issue 3Issue III

Inside this issue:

  • Book Reviews
  • Forgotten Warrior: The U.S. M3 Submachine Gun
  • Veteran of Two World Wars: The FT-17 tank in WWII
  • Nazi Wasp: “Wespe” 10.5cm SP Gun
  • French M1924/29 “Chatellerault” LMG
  • Live Ordnance: The Soviet SVT-40 Rifle
  • Micro Ordnance: 1/32 Scale Pewter Figures

44 pages

WWII Ordnance Illustrated Issue 2Issue II

Inside this issue:

  • Book Reviews
  • T-35: Soviet Super Heavy Tank
  • USMC Shotguns in the Pacific War
  • Japanese Light Machine Guns
  • Jagdpanther Tank Hunter
  • Live Ordnance: The Semi-Auto M1919
  • Micro Ordnance: WWII Airsoft Guns

48 pages

WWII Ordnance Illustrated Issue 1Issue I

Inside this issue:

  • Book Reviews
  • Püppchen: Recoilless anti-tank gun for the Wehrmacht
  • Early US Tank Destroyers: The search for anti-tank weapons
  • BAR Modifications: Fore grips for Marine Firepower
  • Soviet Anti-Tank Rifles: Assumed obsolete, Red AT rifles were surprisingly effective
  • Collector’s Profile: Build Your Own Semi-Auto MG42
  • Miniature Ordnance 1/6 scale infantry weapons

44 pages