Essay on Innovation of weapons during World War I

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Within World War I began a new age of warfare. As compared to previous engagements, the adoption of new weapons changed the way in World War I was fought. Not only did the concept of war change in terms of where battles were fought, how much revenue must be spent on the war and how much time a war could span; weapons changed. During the Indian Wars and War for independence, basic weapons were used. World War I began to become mobile. Use of planes, tanks and other technological advances had been implemented. The technological advances brought about were implemented within this war in an attempt to make the war last a shorter and to show prestige. Not only were mobile aerial and ground assets involved in war now, but other technology…show more content…
According to Wolff (1958), the introduction of small arms with rapid-fire capabilities and artillery lead to armies digging miles and miles of trenches with fronted with barbed wire to adapt. Trench warfare changed the nature in which the war could be fought because this defensive position, that often limited movement, was utilized throughout the French and German borders. Trenches hindered any flanking movement and limited armies from fighting opposing armies how they were used to. Therefore, instead of making any bold flanking movements, soldiers had to utilize trenches to make frontal attacks. During such movements, soldiers were often killed in mass numbers because there was no cover or concealment from the friendly trench to the opposing army’s trench. Often soldiers were victim to machine gun fire or artillery. With this change in warfare, adaptation was necessary. (Wolff, 1958) It was obvious that previous war tactics were now obsolete with the increased use of the machine gun. In order to bypass the dangers of conducting a frontal attack of the enemy against the threat of machine guns, new weapons were created and tested. Colonel Ernest Swinton of the British army laid down critical specifications that had to be part of the end product. This creation was a tracked vehicle that was large and trapezoid shaped. This tracked vehicle’s ability to cross over trenches and other uneven terrain, climb high obstacles, resist small arms fire and permit a
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