With the enhancement of technology, came the introduction of aircraft, tanks and gas; each of which underwent major renovation through the duration of the war. Aircrafts began unarmed but soon had machine guns attached, allowing them to cause havoc at the enemy line. Planes had more than just one use; they were also used for reconnaissance and bombing supplies behind trench lines. A short term effect of the usage of aircrafts was that it gave both sides an observational advantage as well as a disadvantage because no advances could be made w...
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...ugh there may not have been any major short term effects of the changes like the introduction of new technology, the long term effects are still happening today. Technology such as tanks, aircrafts and weapons had the biggest impact on the conditions of both living and fighting. However, this was just one significant change, and much more stayed the same throughout the course of the war. This included mental illness, disease, hygiene and the awful weather and surface conditions which soldiers fought in. These were all small things, which had a substantial impact on the war; most of the short term effects were physical and included harming soldiers, whereas the long term effects included them being mentally and psychologically traumatized. Even though the changes were significant, they were very few made and so I believe there was more continuity between 1914 and 1918.
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