Weapons Of World War 1 Essay

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Tyler Rudolph Dr. Von Sturm-Day Composition 1 25 October 2009 The Effects of New Weapons on World War 1, 1914-1918 World War I signified the end of the era when civilians watched their champions on the battlefield. It became a war of knowledge and people, using the brains of scientists and inventors of the homeland. They created new weapons, which consumed awesome numbers of men and in time, led to a war on the ground, sea, and air. Differences in warfare became inevitable, and made thinking and ideas very important. The nations were introduced to new weapons such as poison gas, machine guns, submarines, airplanes, more advanced artillery, and tanks ( Prior, Wilson 129). Each of these weapons changed a certain part of warfare and how the armies of the war would defeat their enemy. World War I had been sparked by many reasons, long term and short term. The ultimate long term reason for the war was the unification of Germany in 1871. It upset the balance of power in Europe achieved in 1815 (Cottrell, Browne 29). Other long term reasons included nationalism, the formation of the alliance system, militarism, and imperialism. Militarism was the most significant because it leads to the general arms race in Europe which lasted from 1880-1914. The arms race created new weapons which were used in World War I. The short term cause that ignited the war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914 (64). This started a war that the world had never seen before. The Great War, also known as World War I, was considered the first modern war. The warfare changed from face to face combat to combat with total obliteration in the matter of minutes. One of the ways the soldiers adapted to the new weapons was by digging trenches. This was known as trench warfare. The trenches sheltered the soldiers from machine gun fire and helped them outflank

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