MODERN WARFARE

poison gas

purpose:
Poison gas, when inhaled, would destroy the victim's respiratory system. In addition, these gases could blind the soldiers, cause them to choke on the air, and could even take hours to finally kill the soldier. German forces introduced poison gas as a delay tactic in order to stop forces from attacking so they coukd escape the battle. While the opposing side choked to death, they could easily escape.
effects:
Poison gas changed warfare because it created something so inhumane that people would begin to call into question ethics when examining warfare. Poison gas was different then being pshot or bombed because it was so painful that many countries now deem it immoral to use. With this scientific development, people began to see how evil war could become.

machine gun

purpose:
Machine guns were introduced in World War 1 and they revolutionized the way people fought. Machine guns could fire much more ammunition without having to be reloaded by conventional methods. This allowed soldiers to lay down a blanket of fire without having to worry about time. Machine guns enhanced the efficiency of warfare because more rounds could be shot in less time.
effects:
Machine guns caused more lives to be lost because soldiers did not have to think about who they were killing as much. They could just keep shooting their guns until all the advancing enemies were gone. The effects of the machine gun were devastating because once both sides utilized this weaponry, it just upgraded the amounts of lives lost on either side.

tank

purpose:
Tanks were armored vehicles that mobilized heavy weaponry such as machine guns. These tanks also had chains around their wheels so that they could travel over many different types of terrain, making them optimal for military use. The tanks were useful in taking out large amounts of soldiers without losing many lives at the same time. They also were helpful for getting intel about the enemies.
effects:
Tanks were crucial in revolutionalizing modern warfare because it created a machine that could take a lot of damage without compromising its ability to inflict its own damage. It also gave countries with enough funds and man power to build tanks to get a leg up on rough, flat terrains where there is no place to hide from the enemy. Moreover, countries with more money and people gained even more of a chance of succeeding.

submarine

purpose:
The submarine was introduced by the Germans during World War 1 as an underwater ship that was critical im many victories at sea. The submarines main attack mechanism was the underwater torpedo because it allowed the navy officials to attack normal ships without sustaining much damage. It also improved means of reconossiance because ships could assess the enemy's fleet from a distance and without being seen.
effects:
Submarines have effected warfare because it advanced battles that occurred in the ocean. With the use of submarines, countries could prevent casualties because they could fire torpedos from a distance. In addition, submarines helped prevent casualties because countries could go survey the enemy without having to go into battle. This saves lives on both sides, and mirrors the technological revolution in warfare.


CITATIONS:
"Gas Warfare." World War 1 Veterans. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2015.
"Tank Warfare." World War 1 Veterans. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2015.

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