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The Industrial Revolution and its Effect on World War 1
Transcript of The Industrial Revolution and its Effect on World War 1
Industrialization played a major role in World War 1. It allowed for new machinery to be produced and at a much fast rate than ever before. This increase in technology combined with old war tactics led to total carnage that shocked the world.
New Weapons to WW1
There were many new weapons found to World War 1 that increased the deadliness of war. These included moveable machine guns, choline gas, flam throwers, zeppelins, planes, and torpedoes. Many different weapons were also improved through out the war including riffles, pistols, grenades, and submarines.
Vehicles of WW1
Motorized vehicles were first commonly seen in World War 1. One of the greatly accomplishments for the US during the war was their mass production of the Liberty Engine. This engine was light but put out a lot of horsepower. Another vehicle what was new to the war was planes. These were used mostly to scout out the enemies, but some also carried guns. The last major vehicle of the war was the tank. The tank was at first used mainly to cross areas of the Western Front. By the end of the war a more modern tank was developed that had a revolving turret.
The Industrial Revolution's Effects on World War 1
The Industrial Revolution was a period of time, in the 18th and 19th centry, in which rural societies in Europe and America became industrial and urban. During this period transportation, communication and banking all improved, along with factories, mass production, and machinery.
Mass production was arguabley the deadliest weapon of the war. With mass production weapons could be made faster than ever before, making weapons like rifles and machine guns common weapons. Vehicles such as tanks, planes and cars could be made due to new technology and these too were mass produced.
Chlorine Gas was first used by the Germans in 1915. This gas caused burning in the throat and chest and eventually suffocated its victims. One problem that often arose with gas was that the wind would blow it back at the troops who used it, killing their own troops instead of the enemy. After World War 1 it was against the rules of war to use gas because of its lethal, inhumane effects.
Flame Throwers date back as far as the 5th century, but World War 1 brought about the first portable flamethrower. The weapon brought extreme fear to opposition at the beginning of the war as it was something that had never been seen before. The first to use this terrifying method were the Germans. By the end of the war flamethrowers had even been added to tanks.