New Weapons of World War 1
World War 1 brought new weapons that change the way this war was fought. These new weapons were created specifically to fight this war. The new weapons were the machine guns, the tanks, the flamethrowers, the rifles, poison gases and planes.
Machine guns caused many casualties in World War 1 machine guns were able to shoot hundreds of rounds of ammunition per minute, unlike any other gun.
The tank was quite effective but, was often damaged and proved to be undependable. But it was a great factor when it came to deal with the rescued of some of the mobility in the Western Front.
The flamethrower was very helpful but only when used in short range. It also needs to be use in group of six during an attack and two men were needed it to worked it.
The rifles were the main weapons used by the British, 15 rounds could be fired in a minute and it could kill a person 1,400 meters away.
Poison gases were also used. Some of the gases used were the chlorine gas which was first use by the Germans. This gas causes a burning sensation in the throat, chest pains and a painful death. A big problem with this poison gas was that the wind must be in the right direction because if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction it could end up killing your own troops instead of the enemy. Mustard gas was one of the most deadly weapons used in World War 1. It is colorless and takes about 12 hours to take effect. Some of the effect of this gas include blistering skin, vomiting, sore eyes, internal and external bleeding and death can take as long as five weeks.
Planes were also used. They were used to deliver bombs and for spying work, planes eventually became fighter air craft’s armed with machine guns, bombs and sometimes cannon.
All of these weapons were a great factor in World War 1.