November 1, 2012
The Use of Technology in World War I
World War 1 was a war unlike any other, combat wasn’t just simple machinery and swords it anymore it evolved therefore the fatalities skyrocketed. Combat had gone through an evolution that changed the game plan of war immensely. With this evolution came trench warfare, machine guns, new artillery, and even coming up with using poisonous gasses as a weapon. “This new style of warfare was brought about principally by new technology that arose from the furnaces and factories of industrial Europe” (Maps of the World). As technology become more sophisticated so did the weapons therefore technology became a big part of this world war.
Since technology was becoming more advanced at the time, a gun wasn’t just a simple fire arm anymore it became the most deadly piece of machinery ever dealt with. These guns could fire about 500-8000 rounds per minute. Before World War 1 a gun wasn’t that useful in battle because of how long it took to reload as well as the chances of actually shooting directly at your target were very low so sometimes using a sword would give a soldier a better chance at survival than a gun. Technology made cannons very deadly during this time too; never in the history of man, were there so many cannons used in one war alone. The British and the German used this artillery the most effectively. “ For years, German scientists were developing the biggest artillery ever known; it was called the Big Bertha. Big Bertha was so powerful it could fire at the heart of Paris from 120 kilometers away” (Notes).
Trench warfare became a big deal during ww1 especially during the time when Germany wanted to climb up the ladder to become a big known power. At the time Germany wanted to overthrow France and Russia, to become more powerful, they knew these two countries were allies so if they attacked one ally the other would come to the rescue. Germany played it smart and attacked France first because they were...