The Weapons of the Great War
Maxim Machine Gun Invented in 1884, the Maxim Machine gun was a deadly weapon when used properly. Weighing in at 40-60Kg, the gun is normally carried by means of stretcher. Used mosty for “suppressive fire” it was used to put the enemy force behind cover so that the allies can lead a charge into the enemy trenches and kill the opposing force.
Trench warfare Trench warfare was a common theme in all of WWI. Most of the fighting was fought between two opposing trench systems, across an area known as “dead mans land.” One force would have to lead a charge through dead mans land, and hope they survive long enough to overrun the enemy trenches and defeat the enemy.
Tanks Tanks were the response of the stalemates in the great war. Many countries were building tanks. How ever Britain was the first country to build these prototypes of war which was demonstrated in February, 2, 1916. But after Britain introduced these, many countries began making them as well. There were a total of 22 (from all nations) types of tanks either deployed or at least still in the prototype stage. A big problem for these new weapons of war was traversing trenches. This was soon solved by making the shape of the tanks different.
Aircraft Airplanes in World War one were used first for looking at trenches and spying on the enemy. When they came in contact with another plane that was an enemy they used rifles and pistols to shoot at each other(1914). But the weapons weren’t very accurate and had a hard time with shooting each other. In Britain more than a thousand died and 3,400 were injured in the air fights.
Ships U-Boats were first used in WW1 to mainly find and destroy enemy merchandise ships in the north sea, baltic sea, english channel, celtic sea, in the bay of Biscay and in the mediterranean sea. At the Beginning of WW1 Germany had 48 U-Boats of 13 classes on duty or on construction.
Chemical warfare In an outbreak of WW1 on April, 22 1915 the Germans introduced chemical warfare to the war using chlorine gas at the Second Battle of Ypres decimating two divisions of Algerian and French troops.Though not used as effectively as possible this battle the Germans won was insignificant as far as gain, but the use of poison gas would greatly impact WW1.
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