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

Technological Developments Made During WW2

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐The Second World War (WW2) was an era of rapid technological advancement where nations developed new technologies to gain the upper hand in war. These advancements in all of the categories of science would not only determine the outcome and longevity of the war but also dictate the future course of history and how we live our lives today. This essay will assess the importance of some of the most influential breakthroughs in technology made during the war: the creation of new medicines; the application of radar; and weapon advancements. Brian J Ford said that ?if any good can be said to come of war, then the Second War must go on record as assisting and accelerating one of the greatest blessings that the 20th Century has conferred on Man - the huge advances in medical knowledge and surgical techniques.?[1] The very nature of warfare during WW2 forced the medical world to find new ways of limiting the appalling casualties. Epidemics such as malaria and dysentery were widespread in the armies of both the Allies and Axis. However, it was the Allies who were able find effective cures and treatments for both diseases. The introduction of daily doses of mepacrine brought a spectacular reduction in malaria admissions to hospitals.[2] Unlike the Allies, the Japanese did not ...read more.


Many revolutionary weapon advancements were made during WW2. While some of those advancements would have little or no effect on the outcome of the war, they had a huge influence on the subsequent course of history. One of these weapons is the German Vergeltungswaffe 1 (V1). The V1 was one of two ?vengeance weapons? created by Germany towards the end of the war. It was a pilotless aircraft that could bomb the enemy from very long distance. The V1 was first launched against Britain in June 1944, just one week after D-Day. [12] While it would have little overall impact on the war, it was the world?s first cruise missile and would pioneer future drone and cruise missile technology. Theoretically the cruise missile could bomb another nation into submission without sending any troops or pilots into combat, thus revolutionizing future warfare. The Aggregat-4 (A4), more commonly known as the V2, was the second ?vengeance weapon? created by the Nazis. It was the world?s first ballistic missile and first known human artifact to enter outer space. [13] Unlike the V1, the V2 fell at four times the speed of sound, making it impossible for fighters or anti-aircraft guns to shoot it down. ...read more.


This was a book I found on the Internet and provided me with interesting information about the V2 rocket. However, I only referenced one sentence from the book due to the word limit of the essay. ________________ [1] Chris Trueman,“ Medicine and World War 2,” n.d., http: //www.historylearningsite.co.uk/medicine_and_world_war_two.htm (accessed 02 June 2012) [2] Guy Hartcup, The Effect of Science on the Second World War, (Macmillan Press LTD, 2000) p. 129 [3] Guy Hartcup, op. cit., p. 130 [4] John Boyd on Neil Hamiliton Fairley, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 12, November 1996, p.135. [5] Medical Research, Edited by F. H. K. Green and Major-General Sir Gordon Covell, (Her Majesty's Stationery office, 1953) p. 264 [6] Guy Hartcup, op. cit., p. 125 [7] RAF Hist. Soc., The Battle Rethought. A Symposium on the Battle of Britain, 25 June 1990, p. 10. Contains much useful material on radar’s effect on the battle. [8] Guy Hartcup, op. cit., p. 26 [9] Guy Hartcup, op. cit., p. 28 [10] “Proximity Fuze,” n.d., http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proximity_fuze (accessed 04 June 2012) [11] CAB (Cabinet Office) 122/365, Armaments Programmes – VT fuses, 22 November 1945. Contains compelling evidence of the effectiveness of proximity fuses and its future importance [12] Chris Trueman, “The V1,” n.d., http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/V1.htm (accessed 04 June 2012) [13] Peenemünde, Walter Dornberger, Moewig, Berlin 1984, ISBN 3-8118-4341-9. [14] “V2,” n.d., http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-2_rocket (date accessed 04 June 2012) ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate History 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 International Baccalaureate History essays

  1. World War 1 Information

    Union was fined 2.5 million dollars > March 1918- Germany makes final attempt to knock France out of war > Germans move within 35 miles of Paris > Stopped by counterattack of 145,000 US troops > US pushes Germany back > Fall 1918, countries want out > Turks withdraw >

  2. The Impact of the Manhattan Project on the Cold War

    In a way, The Manhattan Project helped to cement our understanding that in order to be the world's most powerful country everyone must understand that you have the last, most deadly weaponry.

  1. Did Truman really save 500,000 American live through dropping the Hiroshima atomic bomb?

    Approximately 80,000 people died immediately, with another 70,000 injured24. On August 8th the Red Army invaded Manchuria as agreed in Potsdam, outnumbering Japanese troops by two to one, nevertheless the Soviets suffered over 24,000 casualties, and 12,000 deaths.i On August 9th the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, yet till August 10th the Japanese still only offered coalition surrender.25

  2. The cold war - the conferences and the start of the cCold War

    There was a left wing coalition in 1945. The leaders of the other parties were executed and the communists took power e) Baltic States. Estonia Latvia and Lithuania were all under soviet and communist rule. Finland hung on to a precarious independence f)

  1. In what ways did developments in Germany affect the Cold War between 1945?

    temporary arrangement until Germany's future political situation would be settled and the country would be reunified as a single nation state. Finally, in 1945 at the Potsdam Conference, the nation's future was established, but the occupational zones still remained. America's and Russia's influence on their zones with their ideological differences caused the gradual separation of Germany.

  2. Turning points in WW2

    The Battle of Britain kept the British from German control and later staged the D-Day landings, when if the Allies had not re-entered Europe Russia would have been alone against the Germans. If the Americans, British and other Allied forces had not gained the French beaches then France would have still been under German control.

  1. Extended Essay - The Role of a UN-Secretary General to Achieve World Peace: The ...

    to remove the blockade without a parallel action to any military activity in Cuba. The US ambassador Adlai Stevenson even asked U Thant to delay sending the message for a day. Furthermore, U Thant was requested to restrain mentioning only ?vague references to verification?[9] and without references to the Cuban

  2. Notes on the History and Development of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    - Israeli historians argue that an Arab state did emerge in the area allocated by the UN General Assembly. It was, they say, an expanded Jordan: 'Jordan is Palestine'. This argument harks back to the borders of the British mandate before 1922 when Transjordan was separated from the original Palestine

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