• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

WW1 and Changes In Weapons Technology.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐Wills Rance 8A2/8F December2010 Technology and World War One There were many technological advances in the First World War. Some of these advances were; Poison Gas, The Tank, Improvements to the Aeroplane, Portable Machine gun, the Hand Grenade. These advances made war fare a lot bloodier and battles drag on for longer as both sides were forced into a stale-mate. For instance, 100 years before, in the Battle of Waterloo which lasted for 3 days, out of 72,000 French soldiers 48,000 were killed, wounded, captured or missing and out of 118,000 Anglo and Prussian troops 25000 were killed, wounded, captured or missing. In the Battle of The Somme which lasted 144 days and took place 100 year after the Battle of Waterloo out of 1,000,000 French troops that took part in battle 220,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or missing. Out of 1,000,000 British Troops that took part 420,000 were killed, wounded, captured or missing. The worst suffering army was the German army. Out of 1,000,000 German troops that were involved nearly 500,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or missing. ...read more.

Middle

Originally there had been fifty of these machines but these thirty ton machines could not cope with the harsh lunar landscape of the churned up ground and fourteen had broken down or got bogged down. Tanks were used. Many German troops ran at the sight of the tank, it spread fear amongst the ranks in the Trenches. The first Tank offensive had been successful in the fact that they had scared the Germans, and that they had not been disabled immediately. As a trial though some were disappointed. Concerns that were raised included the fact that the view slits were too thin to be able to see much while moving, and they were targets for enemy gunshot; and the exhaust made too much noise and the heat could have set alight the fuel tank. A further issue raised was the amount of mud that found its way into the treads causing them to block up. Also after the initial fear of the Tank had gone they started to become easy targets to German artillery as they were often bogged down in the mud. ...read more.

Conclusion

Nevertheless the successful use of tanks at Cambrai restored dwindling faith in tank development. The U.S. army took note and undertook development of its own tank series. I think that the tank was not a success in World War One, but overall it has been a great success in the development of it. Today the Tank is one of the most effective weapons if used correctly. They now have bigger fuel tanks, better engines and better working conditions for their crew inside. Overall I think the tank has been a great success as it is now a very effective weapon. The Hand Grenade The second advance in World War One technology I have chose to talk to you about is the Hand Grenade. Early in World War I, both sides only had small grenades of a pre-war design. For example, in Italy, the Besozzi grenade had a five-second fuse with a match-tip that was ignited by striking on a ring on the soldier's hand. As an interim measure, the troops often improvised their own, such as the Jam Tin Grenade. These were replaced when manufactured versions such as the Mills bomb, the first modern fragmentation grenade, became available to British front-line troops. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Cartoon Analysis - WW1

    It is clear that this is the case as it was published in July, shortly after the treaty had been signed, which was time of shock and anger for the majority of Germans. It is very evident that the cartoon shown is bias not only because it was shown in

  2. WW1 - technology and trench warfare.

    It would have been a terrifying experience for the people who were attacked by chlorine gas but it could be seen and prevented by gas masks easily. Phosgene gas was also used in the war. It was twice as deadly as chlorine gas but had no affects on the victims' sight or skin.

  1. Courses of WW1

    Germany wanted to protect their growing trade. Germany and Britain started building up there nave. Both sides wanted a rotating gun, armour plating and an improved engine. They started making ships called dreadnought which had all these features. During 1906 and 1914 Britain built 29 and Germany built 17.

  2. British Recruitment WW1

    It also shows how the recruitment office were happy to recruit under age boys into the army. However the source only shows one man's story. Not the amount of people recruiting why people recruited. Therefore the utility of this source should be branded as not useful on its own, to

  1. How were the lives of women on the home front affected by WW1?

    Some women war workers endured very bad conditions. This was often due to long hours and the dangerous or toxic substances needed for manufacture during the war. One example of this was munitions work; the girls tended to have yellow skin from the gunpowder they used. Another example was written about in 1932 in a history book by Sylvia Pankhurst, an author and campaigner for women's rights.

  2. Canada's Involvement in WW1 Hindsight

    trade also sky rockets, and all the money that was drawn from civilian population via taxes and bonds went back into the economy creating more and more wealth for the nation.

  1. Who was the real Custer, and to what extent was he to blame for ...

    From the video "The Truth about Red Clouds War" I achieved the Knowledge that within Custer's army many were alcoholics so were in no fit state to fight. The seventh cavalry was not content or remotely experienced. Tim Slessor stated "to Custer summer campaigning with his favourite scouts was a game".

  2. Battle of the Somme

    at the time of the battle, the first before the attack and the second after the attack. As the extracts are based on Haig's views and opinions it could potentially be biased. However, every source is biased in some way.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work