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World War I introduced many of the weapons in our world today

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Weapons of World War 1 World War I introduced many of the weapons in our world today. Many of these weapons caused great destruction yet at the same time saved ours and many other countries. This essay describes in detail just a few of these powerful weapons. Tank The tank is a heavily armoured track-laying vehicle. It consists of an armour plate of about fifteen centimetres; mount cannons ranging from seventy-five to a hundred and twenty-two millimetres stored in the structure on the top of the tank called the turret. This turret rotates all the way around, 360 degrees, enabling the tank to fire in any direction. Tanks travel on two endless belts on either side these are known as tracks. These tracks contribute to the good mobility of tracks even in harsh conditions. A tank can weigh between fourteen to fifty-four tones. It has the cross mobility and speed up to 97 km/hr. A tank can climb and descend slopes up to thirty degrees. ...read more.

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A machine gun is a heavy hand held weapon. Ammunition is fed into the gun with a cloth or metal belt or from a cartridge called a magazine. Gun barrels range from size but are normally between 5.5 millimetres and 30 millimetres. Machine guns can fire from 400 to 1600 rounds of ammunition per minute. Machine guns are fired very rapidly and must be cooled by water and air. Machine guns can be fired from both aircraft and ground. The ground weapon most used in World War One was the 7.62 millimetre M60 machine gun. This was a major infantry weapon. It was air-cooled and gas operated. It fired six hundred rounds per minute. The Browning machine gun replaced this gun. There were many different types of aircraft machine guns introduced in World War One some of these include: Vickers, Maxim, Hotchkiss, Colt-martin Lewis. All these guns were used by mounting them on aeroplanes. The World War I outbreak introduced many more different and much more powerful types of machine guns. ...read more.

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The first successful use of the submarine was in 1620 by a Dutchman named Cornels Drebbel. Around about 1975 an ex Yale student invented a small submarine known as the turtle. This submarine is very different to the ones we know today. The turtle is a one-man egg-shaped submarine driven by two hand crank screw propellers. In 1850 the Germans, under careful supervision of the Barbarian Baveri, constructed the Sea Devil. This submarine supposedly made 130 diving's and had a large crew of about 14. The first successful attack using the submarines was in the Civil War. Confederates built four submarines to use against the union fleet. After the Civil War two designers concentrated on the further development on submarines. It was these two men who worked out the idea of submerging by negative energy, the same technology we use today. Submarines had a little bit to do with why the United States was pushed into World War I; the Germans unrestricted submarine warfare. The Germans were caught sinking allied ships, bombing merchant and passenger ships, killing both Britain and American citizens. The success of submarines, particularly in World War I is what led the Germans to depth charges. ...read more.

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