German weapon restrictions for infantry as specified in the Treaty of Versailles

Along with giving detailed restrictions in regards to the amount of personnel allowed in the German military, the Treaty of Versailles also laid out the exact number of weapons and rounds allowed per unit in the German army. The most commonly used weapons were rifles, of which each division was allocated 12,000 guns, with 400 rounds each (a total of 11,240 men was allowed per division). Following this, a much smaller number of machine guns and heavy weapons was allowed per division, although their ammunition allowance per weapon was usually much higher than that of the rifle, with all machine guns allocated 8,000 rounds each. If we look at the total for the entire army the highest number of units and ammunition was allocated to rifles, with 84,000 individual guns and 33.6 million rounds.

Restrictions regarding German weapons and ammunitions per infantry division, as specified in the Treaty of Versailles, June 28, 1919

Weapons per infantry divisionRounds of ammo per unit
Rifles 12,000400
Light machine guns 1628,000
Heavy machine guns 1088,000
7.7cm guns 241,000
10.5cm Howitzers 12800
Light trench mortars 27800
Medium trench mortars 9400
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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

June 28, 1919

Supplementary notes

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