Technology During World War I

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Imagine standing in thick mud, surrounded by dirt walls. Artillery shells could be heard crashing into the ground as fellow soldiers were blown up in close proximity. Moaning from the wounded filled the air. Fear and panic were abundant as the soldiers employed methodical tasks they had learned in their training. A quick glance over the parapet showed the brutality of war, as this is the day-to-day life of a soldier in the trenches. During World War I new scientific know how allowed for the development and introduction of numerous types of weaponry for use in battle. Advancements of technology during World War I led to a higher number of casualties than what was otherwise possible. The technologies included guns, tanks, explosives, barbed wire, and poison gas.
On the morning of June 28th, 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was shot and killed by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. This action set off a chain of events that led to one of the most devastating conflicts in history. A variety of factors forced the war into play and the first one was Nationalism. Nationalism led people to make alliances with people of similar race or culture. Two big alliances emerged because of this: the Triple Entente—made up of Britain, Russia, France—and the Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Italy (World War I). These alliances formed a complex web so when war struck, all of the nations were immediately involved. Nationalism also
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