Weapons of the First World War

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Research Overview of WW1 Weapons During World War I many new kinds of weapons and technology were invented and improved. Some of these weapons included tanks, chemical and biochemical weapons, grenades, and machine guns. Chemical Warfare was used for the first time on a large scale in World War I. There are two main types of chemical warfare, one affects the surface of the body they come in contact with and the other affects the nervous system. Almost all chemical warfare weapons needed to be inhaled to cause severe damage or death. Chemicals that caused neurological damage acted by blocking the transmission of nerve messages throughout the body, these types of chemicals included tabun, soman, sarin, and VX (“Chemical and Biological …show more content…
Chemicals that attack the nervous system are very powerful and can cause death within minutes of inhalation. Nerve agents work by blocking the transmission of nerve messages within the body (“Chemical and Biological Warfare”). “A single drop of nerve agent can shut down the entire body’s nervous system in a few minutes” (“Chemical and Biological Warfare”). Tanks were first used in combat in September of 1916 by the British (“The WW1 Tank”). When tanks were first created they were basically an armored car with a track instead of tires for easier off road use. The first prototypes of tanks were very flawed and would take a lot of improvements to become what they are today. They were not well adapted to moving over uneven muddy battle fields so the tanks were easily bogged down by mud and sometimes got completely stuck. Tanks were not only effective by their protective properties but also had a scare factor towards the beginning of the war since they were new and the German army had not experienced them in battle before. View slits were one of the main problems with the first tanks. For one they were too small to be able to effectively see anything out of them while the tank was moving. And the slits were targets for enemy gunshot.
The name tank came from the British, they shipped the parts for tanks in crates marked “tanks” to try and disguise what was

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