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Introduction of Technology - WWI

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Coursework 1C The introduction of new technology helped break the stalemate on the Western Front as they had been kept totally under wraps and the Germans were not expecting them. The tanks were a great help to the Entente as machine guns could not penetrate them and they could cross No Man's land easily. They were able to go over very rough ground due to their tracks and penetrate barbed wire. However, the tanks often overheated and broke down, they often got stuck in thick, heavy mud and when the tanks did break through the line, they often struggled to achieve the objective as tactics were not always thought through after the tank had invaded. ...read more.


Transportation via the sea was the quickest way to travel at the time. The Navy blockades also meant the Germans could not fight at sea with their Navy. The only weapon the Germans had to use at sea were the U-Boat submarines. Germany were careful not to attack passenger ships, however Britain soon realised this and British ammunition and supplies soon began to be shipped on passenger ships. This led to the Ocean Liner Lusitania being sunk in April 1915 and subsequently the Americans joined the war as 100 passengers on the sunken Ocean liner were American. In March 1918, the Germans launched the Ludendorff offensive to try to capture Paris before the Americans arrived in the war. ...read more.


However they could soon look at a tank and copy the design to further their success. The blockading of German ports which led to the American entry into the war both scared Germany, and both the March 1918 German offensive and the blockading of German ports meant that the German forces were lacking in supplies. The stalemate was broken by strategies outside of trench warfare and the introduction of the tank was involved simply in trench warfare. The stalemate was broken by the external events that scared Germany and reduced their supplies. The American entry and the blockading of ports led to the Ludendorff Offensive, a last resort for Germany to once again try and take Paris and therefore control France. However, this failed and the Germans signed the armistice, breaking the stalemate and ending the war. ...read more.

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