World War 1- Weapons

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World War I-Weapons

The machine gun gave an advantage to defending against attacks, and could fire up to 600 rounds per minute. It consited of four to six operator helpers that were well trained. Germany had the most machine guns. More than the British and French. At war the Germans had 10,000 units which proved to be deadly. The machine gun was very heavy, well it did weigh about 50 kilograms or more, and to prevent the machine gun to explode it required water and air-based cooling systems.

Poision gas was thought to be first used by the Germans but was at first installed by the French. In September of 1917 the Germans introduced a new gas known as mustard gas. In the USA the total casualties due to poison gas was 72,807 and 1,462 deaths.

The first ever combat tank was made in January of 1916. It is covered with a thick layer of steel or other strong material. Tanks carry weapons like cannons, machine guns, and missile launchers.

The early airplanes could only carry a small amount of bombs. There were about 70 different types of airplanes. Machine guns could be fired from the airplane through the propeller without damaging the blades. It was useful to spy on enemy troop movements, while at the same time they could have an advantage.

For the four years that WW1 lasted inventions such as weapons were expanding and improving. There was five main weapons that army forces used during the war, and they were the machine gun, tanks, airplanes, poison gas and the submarine. The weapons were a major part of the World war 1.

They could carry 700 tons of cargo at 12-13 knot speeds. To attack, the submarines had to be armed with self propelled torpedoes. German forces had 29 submarines during the beginning of WW1 and in the first ten weeks they sank five British ships.

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