Weapons Are An Important Aspect Of Warfare

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Weapons are an important aspect of warfare. They help determine how the war will go. If one side as better and more technologically advanced weapons, they have an advantage over their opponents. Nations struggle to create innovated weapons or improve old upon ones. Not every advancement is appreciated and respected. An example of this type of weapon is the chemical weapons, gas or chemical warfare. Chemical warfare is not an accepted or approved weapon, but one that has been banned from use during war. Chemical weapons have been prohibited from warfare before the Great War due to the effect it has on the soldiers and reactions from the civilians and soldiers. Why after World War I are they universally prohibited? Chemical warfare was…show more content…
It was also this destruction and death that caused nations to later agree to the prohibition of chemical weapons and warfare. Germany used chemicals as a weapon usually in the form of poisonous gas as it was a more technologically advanced weapon then their enemies had. When the Germans first used this weapon it was met with little resistance, therefore, proving that with more advanced weapons, soldiers could accomplish their missions and goals both more accurately and faster or simply making their mission more attainable. While using this weapon, the Germans were not stopped, simply as there was no one to stop them from taking the trenches as their enemies lay dead on the ground in what resembles a gruesome death. During the Second Battle of Ypres, the Germans used chemical weapons for the first time and after a half hour; everything was dead with only the Germans to claim the French trench. This weapon made it possible for the Germans to capture trenches and accomplish their missions. During the war, the reactions to chemical warfare were increasingly negative from both soldiers and civilians. The negative reactions and responses to chemical weapons are reasonable and understandable. Soldiers held negative views on chemical warfare as they had to personally deal with the attacks, while the civilians and citizens at home also had difficulty responding to chemical warfare with anything but a negative response. The citizens at home had
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