Wwi : Technology And Weapons Of War

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Waiting to see if they’ll become the next rat infested corpse slowly dissolving next to them, teenage soldiers crouched in muddy trenches became the popular image of World War 1 (“WWI: Technology and Weapons of War”). War leaders failing to adapt to new tactics and weaponry led to many needless deaths in this all-out battle. Technological advancements in chemistry, metallurgy and engineering made the war far more complex and deadly than the past conflicts (“WWI: Technology and Weapons of War”). The introduction of this complex weaponry from both sides involved in this gruesome combat made winning the war seem almost impossible. The deadly fume that intoxicated its victims with the intent to kill is now known as poison gas. After first being introduced in 1915 when the Germans used the gas during an attack in Flanders, Belgium, knowing the enemy would put their masks on, many soldiers threw gas into trenches not only to kill a soldier without a gas mask, but to also obscure the vision of the ones with masks (“WWI: Technology and Weapons of War”). More than one million soldiers were injured and over one-hundred thousand soldiers died from mustard gas, the most common form of poisonous gas, by the end of the war (Briggs2). Finding a way to break the stalemate between the two opposing sides, many soldiers of the infantry worked together using large tanks to break enemy lines. Having been brought in by the Entente, tanks seemed unstoppable to many German soldiers who almost

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