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Technological Developement in WW1

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´╗┐Technological development of WW1 Juan Bernado Over the period of the First World War the tools for warfare rapidly increased in variety and quality. The one who would take best use of these tools, would be the successor of the war. Amongst these tools there were some who already existed, but got improved during the war to be the most efficient. This texts goal will be to achieve a general understanding of the impact of the technical development had on the war. Planes were one of the tools that did not affect the war that much in the start, due to the planes original purpose being a transportation device. Because of the planes stiff handling it got used as recon tool to strategically find spots to mortar, and places vulnerable from infantry attacks. ...read more.


There is evidence for this when we look at the statistics from ?The Bloody April? where we see that the British lost 245 aircrafts, whilst the Germans lost 66 of theirs. Aircrafts were not the only ?old? technology that got rapidly used throughout the war, trenches were one of them. The trench-warfare played a huge role in the war, since the way you were equipped influenced you in the way you would fight in the trenches. The fact that the trenches were actually open holes made air-planes quite valuable. When it came to positioning and planning. The rules of trench warfare got further changed when portable machineguns got introduced. That actually made holding ground easier, because of the fact that the gun had a such great power when it came to destruction, since it needless to say had an high output of bullets. ...read more.


The British mortars prevented the Germans from advancing several times by exploding their soldier-filled trains. It did also go the other way around where several deadlocks broke due to unanticipated fire. At last comes the tank who at the start of the war was fairly unreliable, and had been invented in 1890, but because of tendency to break down at random it was not used. And in the start of the war, the tank accomplished to scare the Germans and later became representative to a massive force that made the trenches obsolete. Because of the tanks destructive power it could take a heavy beating by guns while running through barbed-wire without hesitation. And as if this was not enough, it had the ability to function as a portable bunker impenetrable bunker. My final conclusion is that the technical advancement aided both parts in their battle, but what decided the war in the end was overextension of the triple ententes army. ...read more.

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