For the North, the Federal Arms Reserve held 437,000 weapons witch was thought to be enough for the Union. Soon each side found out that getting weapons could be a harder task than they thought. There were many different types of weapons used. Standard guns for both sides included the .54 caliber and the .58 caliber rifles. “Pocket pistols” were also common for people like generals and captains and were usually used in the event of an emergency.
Eddie Soto Period 3 5/22/11 The Tommy gun The Tommy gun was invented by a guy named John Taliaferro Thompson. Upon commissioning, he entered the army in the Artillery, later transferring to the Ordnance Department in 1890. During the Spanish-American War he distinguished himself when he directed the supply of munitions at a time of near chaos in the Army's ordnance. The Thompson was involved in the testing and adoption of the Springfield rifle. He became famous for tests he conducted that resulted in adoption of the AS caliber as the official U.S. Army handgun.
Gatling knew that his design would allow for a less amount of soldiers being on the battle field at one time simply because the gun was so powerful and rapid firing. However this weapon saw very little use during the American Civil War. The Gatling gun was a six-barreled machine capable of firing 200 rounds per minute. Other machine guns had already been invented at the time, but Gatling’s stood out from the others. The Gatling gun was hand-driven and would fire more rounds by a quicker driven hand.
Another type of weapon used was the bolt-action rifle. The most popular one is the Gewehr 98 Mauser. The rifles require the operator to reload usually after four shots have been fired. The Gewehr was famous for its precision and speed. These types of rifles also added a telescopic scope for sniping.
There was no need to learn marksmanship skills because these early firearms were extremely inaccurate. Firearms did not take great physical strength and could still annihilate armored cavalry forces. The harquebus (explained above) was the first relatively light weight firearm. Even though it had to be placed on a stand for firing, it could be operated by only one
To what extent did technology change the nature of warfare during World War One? Contents Introduction The Beginnings of Trench Warfare Flamethrowers Communication Gas Tanks Machine Guns Conclusion Bibliography Introduction A lot of the technology developed during World War 1 significantly changed the nature of warfare. Some technologies helped to change the nature of warfare more than others. I will be looking at the following technologies to see how they were used in WW1 and see if and how they affected future wars: Flamethrowers – The experiments that led to their development. Communication – What types were used and how effective they were.
America is practically handing out guns to anyone. Although Moore's main idea for the film was about gun control, his argument was not. His argument is that America's gun control policy is so flexible because of the American psyche or thought process. America has more gun related deaths than any other country in the world, and not just a little bit more, but eight times more deaths than any other country according to Americanbar.org. Moore expresses in his documentary that Canada and America has a similar number of firearms but Canada has a substantial number of fewer gun related deaths.
The war marked a watershed between pre-industrial and industrial warfare. It had aspects of both, but the changes brought on by the industrial revolution meant that tactics and strategies used for many years could no longer be depended upon. For military forces, change could either be direct, by the introduction of more powerful weapons or weapon systems, or indirect, by the building of a national rail system or technological innovations, such as the telegraph, that could be used by the military in time of war. These changes profoundly affected how military forces were deployed, how they communicated, how they were equipped and how they re-acted both strategically and tactically. At the beginning of the Civil War, both sides were equipped with muzzle loading smoothbore muskets, which had an effective range of approximately 73 meters.
By the end of 1918 there were several reasons why the stalemate was broken and allowed the Triple Entente to carry on gaining land. The first reason is they brought in new weapons and artillery; this helped us because it shocked the Germans and they knew they weren’t as well equipped as us. A new tank was developed which was much improved from the last one and it could cross trenches easily and could crush barbed wire instead of twisting it more and making it even harder to get through they were smashing obstructions’ so the infantry could advance. New technology made the tanks have a harder shell so no machine guns or grenades could penetrate its skin and the most pressing problem was how to ‘overcome the enemy’s machine guns’ which were responsible for the stalemate. For them to be effective they needed to be used in large quantities, and that’s what they did.
These advances allowed for impressive defence systems, which out-of-date military tactics could not break through for most of the war. Barbed wire was a significant hindrance to massed infantry advances. Artillery, vastly more lethal than in the 1870s, coupled with machine guns, made crossing open ground extremely difficult.  Commanders on both sides failed to develop tactics for breaching entrenched positions without heavy casualties. In time, however, technology began to produce new offensive weapons, such as gas warfare and the tank.