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Technology - Did it break the stalemate or didn't it?

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Technology-Did it break the stalemate or didn't it? World War One saw many new weapons and advancements in technology on both sides of the war. Each side took huge steps towards modern technology to help gain an advantage over the opponent, these carried on even after the war had begun. However as one side took a step forward, the other side will help to push them back in place, these weapons we only an advantage for short periods of time as the other would react immediately to research every new weapon introduced. Therefore, while one side would be developing something new the other would be playing catch up or possibly coming in from another angle. As this war witnessed a colossal change in technology, advancements needs to be present on all angles of the war, technology spread its wings not only till the ground but also in the air and the sea. As it was the beginning of this transformation in war, many developments were made on the ground to dispose of the opposing trench. As this reformation took place, was it the beginning of the end of the 'stalemate' or was the cycle going to continue? I will be outlining the major advancements as a list, analysing all in detail. ...read more.


Because the earlier versions of the gun such as the MP 18 had to use a heavy bolt and spring it was limited to firing about forty rounds a minute. Yet although compared with machine guns today this seems slow, it was the fastest firing weapon ever at the start of the war. These were thought to put an end to the war, but soon after, Gas was introduced so going over the top was not so necessary. The Flame Thrower The machine gun claimed to have taken the most lives in World War One, however sources say that the flame-thrower was the "most frightening weapon in the war." This weapon had a fuel container filled with oil (later with paraffin) and a cylinder containing a gas propellant that would shoot out a flame into the air. However, primal flame-throwers could only shoot about eight feet and sixteen feet for the larger ones therefore they were soon mounted onto the tanks for better use. Another drawback was the vast fuel consumption that the flame-thrower had. The smaller version, which could fit on a soldier's back, would only have enough fuel for a ten-second solid stream. This weapon was invented to end the war but still took a long time to do so, however it did succeed in scaring and intimidating the enemy Gas As well as the flamethrower, gas was supposed to end the stalemate. ...read more.


In my view, technology did 'break' the stalemate but only in short term cases. The Great War saw a case of cat and mouse being played, when the cat always caught up. Thus, if a side comes up with an invention it will prevail for a short period of time until the opposing side invents an area of defence, this cycle was repeated with every weapon introduced. Although, it did have some effect on the war, the battle still remained stalemate. Therefore, I conclude that although this war saw a new face of technology, the impact remained only on the outside and not in the actual war, which in my view remained stalemate. World War One has been classed as one of the most memorable events to ever take place in History. Not only did it cause the most deaths ever recorded at the time, but it also went down in history for the vast amount of weapons and ideas that were invented during it. Some of these have been modernized for use in the 21st Century but the majority were just mindless killing machines. World War One changed history and if it had never taken place then it would be a wonder to know what kind of world we would be living in. ...read more.

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