New Weapons of War

The use and effects: poison gas, machine guns, tank, and submarine

Poison Gas

Poison Gas: Introduced by Germany, poison gas was used in the war to cause blisters, blindness, and death. In total there were about 1,250,000 gas casualties in the war. Because of the new ways of killing without being present there was a need to create gass masks to protect the soldiers of the horrible gas effects.

Resource: "Poison Gas and World War One". 2014. Web.

Machine Gun

Machine Gun: The machine gun had a drastic impact on the way that the war was fought. Because they  could fire 400-600 small-calibre rounds per minute, the machine gun made it easier to fire rapidly killing faster and easier. As the war developed machine guns were changed for use on tanks, particularly on the Western Front.

Resource: "" First World N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2015.


Tanks: Although tanks were slightly unreliable, they were very useful for crossing difficult terrain. The tank was very useful in destroying in large amounts. With the invention of the machine gun tanks could hold far more wepondry than just the common man. The effects of the tank was that they became more popular throughout war history and were also used to win the wars of Battle of Flers and with less success the battle of Somme. The tanks lessened the use of tench warfare.

Resource: "Tanks and World War One". 2014. Web.


Submarine: The submarine was introduced by the Germans when they realized that their navy was no match for the British navy. Their plan was to get rid of any chip that was shipping goods into Britain. Any attacks on Britain’s lifeline of shipping from America would have to be done by submarines. The ultimate effect of this partly caused America to get angry and join in on the war.

Resource: "Unrestricted Submarine Warfare". 2014. Web.

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