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Weapons and Technology of World War One World War One brought about many new weapons and advancements in technology on both sides. Both took huge steps towards modern technology and these carried on even after the war had begun. Yet these weapons could not be of much advantage to one side for very long, because the other side immediately researched every new weapon introduced when it was found out. So whilst one side would be developing something new the other would be playing catch up or possibly coming in from another angle. These advancements were made on all sides of the war; the air, the ground, and the sea, although I shall mainly be looking at the changes on the ground. Apart from the new weapons, the new defence mechanisms that were introduced shall be looked at as well: The most profound being the Gas Mask, which was developed soon after the introduction of the gas itself in 1915. But also other less well-known defence equipment such as the Steel helmet will be looked at also. The weapons brought about during the time of World War One have completely changed war and fighting forever, but then the defence brought in as well has blocked some of the advancements from being used more readily today. The War changed technology drastically but the technology changed people�s lives even more. ...read more.


At least this was until gas shells were introduced so that the gas would only be released when it actually landed in or nearby the enemy trench. Gases such as Tear Gas, Chlorine Gas, Mustard Gas and Phosgene (a lung irritant) were used during World War One each one being different. The Mustard Gas was probably the most lethal because not only did it intoxicate the victim but it also burned away the skin causing great agony. Yet these stalemate breakers again came to a halt when the Gas Mask was invented which is mentioned later. Defense Mechanisms With all these new weapons being introduced it seemed like the war would soon be over, but then each side started designing ways and items to prevent the new weapons causing too much damage. But these in turn eventually caused the war to create more deaths because even though individually they saved lives, overall they killed more people as the war lasted longer. The most famous of these would obviously be the Gas Mask, which saved thousands of soldier�s lives in the short term. The Gas Mask was first used by American soldiers after it was invented by Morgan Garrett soon after the gas itself was introduced. Before the Gas Mask was invented, soldiers would use cotton pads soaked in urine to stop the fumes from getting into their lungs. ...read more.


moment as the howitzer discharged the first shell on enemy soil at 1740 hours on August 12 against Fort Pontisse, on the South-eastern side of Liege. A hundred-fold cheer accompanied the shell as it howled and snorted along the high trajectory to its target. I was gratified that everything had turned out well, and that the eagerly-awaited opening of fire could be undertaken. Sixty seconds ticked by - the time needed for the shell to traverse its 4,340 yard high trajectory - and everyone listened in to the telephone report of our battery commander, who had his observation post 1,625 yards from the bombarded fort, and could watch at close range the column of smoke, earth and fire that climbed to the heavens. the Big Bertha Howitzer 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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