Weapons of World War II Essay

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Weapons of World War II

"Necessity is the mother of all invention", and so it was taught and learned throughout all of World War 2. During World War 2 weaponry had to be upgraded and revised to fit every situation. The engineers of the war had to constantly develop new and better weaponry. Much like the engineers, the generals and officers were required to develop new ways of outsmarting their enemy. Today most everything is computerized for battle situations, and much is known about all other foreign defenses, but during the period of World War 2 there were many secrets, and a constant distrust of some allies.

Tanks were a huge aspect of ground fighting during the war. One of the first tanks
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The Panzer II and the General Sherman were generally equivalent, and could both take on all other tanks. These tanks were the primary ground force for both Axis and Allied forces for about a year and a half. At this time the U.S. produced the Great Sherman tank, and simultaneously the Axis forces developed the Panzer III. The Great Sherman had reinforced 62mm armor. This tank also boasted a 75mm gun on a power turret. The Great Sherman was exceptionally maneuverable for its size, and could travel 25 mph, which was very fast for a heavy tank model. Conversely the Panzer III had 2-layer 30mm armor, and was a very maneuverable medium tank with heavy firepower. The Panzer III could easily defeat a Great Sherman in a close range battle, because of its rapid acceleration and fast moving turret. The Panzer III was good, but soon the ally forces had to create a better tank.

Nearing the end of the war Ally forces finally fashioned a tank superior to the Panzer III. This tank boasted a 30mm turret gun, and a 75mm gun mounted on the hull; this tank was named the Grant Tank. "It could go through all other tanks like butter" (Collier 90). This tank was so successful because of its extremely thick reinforced steel plate. Though these tanks ruled the ground, the water was another story.

Tanks ruled most all the land fighting, but the seas were a different story. Ships and
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