Sarah Hukill P1 3-20-14 WW1 FRQ World War One was propagandized as the “war to end all wars” to rally together fellow citizens into enlisting. However, it did not live up to its claim and many who survived the war were nearly unaware of why they had actually joined the war, besides to fight for their mother-country. Among the causes of WWI was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who was the nephew of the emperor of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, each country’s obligation to each other in alliance which contributed to the fast escalation of a world war, the propaganda used to spread nationalism and militarism, and the imperialism that had previously caused many European countries to have already established an aggression towards one another. Nationalism had grown among the people in Serbia and the rest of Europe like a flame, leading to a small group of zealots who sought to restore greater Serbia to its former glory. They intended to do this by the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, since he was an important figure of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire ,but instead they had received more than they bargained for.
It is a poisonous gas first introduced in World War I because of the effects. Henri Philippe-Petain possessed a huge quantity of supplies. Being prepared for the war was vital to the troops. They had to be aware of their surroundings while in combat and always have weapons handy because of the fear of a surprise attack. In addition, the strategies and new technology used by French were significant in the victory over the Germans in world war I.
The war officially started when the assassination of Austria's Archduke Ferdinand on June 28 in Sarajevo. After this France came in on the side of the Russians and Serbians. As an ally of Russia they were forced to defend them, and after this other big powers got involved such as the Germans, Italians, Russians, Americans, and Japan. The true reason why France got involved was because Germany declared war on them. None of the states that went to war realized how long it would last or how terrible the cost might be.
The machine gun allowed a quicker way of terminaniting enemies. Bolt action rifles were produced at large amounts by the time of World war I(Maiorino, 2006, p.137). They were very useful for troops to pin each other down in the trenches from long distances with greater accuracy (Maiorino, 2006, p.131). The purpose was to shoot down enemy combatants. The soldiers were able to fire decent rate of shoots at a time, as they would pull the bolt back to discharge the spen... ... middle of paper ... ...e machine guns brought a revelution, it changed the ways wars were fought.
With the improvement of the gun and invention of the machine gun, almost anybody could become capable of killing many enemy soldiers. Industrialization of the warring countries meant a better railroad system. In turn, this meant that moving the supplies of war to the front line could be done relatively easily. For the first time also, countries were able use the entire industrial resources to help insure victory with industrial might. A final difference from this war from any other was the use of science and war.
"Lethality in war is always, however, the sum total of a number of factors that go quite beyond the inherent death-dealing capabilities of a military technology." It is the change in strategy and method of fighting that maximizes a weapon's potential. In the Crimean War, soldiers were equipped with minimal rifles that took longer to manufacture and disperse. However, in World War II, these technologies increased, and so did the potential of the weapons. The strategy of war evolved to fit the potential.
The weapons of World War I are a perfect example of how reason and progress are not always without consequence; they can sometimes bring about horrible suffering and pain. World War I is known as a war that occurred on extremely cruel terms; there were not many restrictions on what and when certain weapons could be used. Unfortunately, the Industrial Age brought with it many new ways to kill; the soldiers of World War I came in contact with many new weapons that they had never seen in combat.
They had to create new and better weapons to suit the new type of warfare that was taking place. The machine gun, which was not new but the quantities used was, was said to be the most effective weapon on the Western Front. This was because it helped to create stalemate and was so effective when used as a form of defence, against on coming soldiers, and created a great numbers of causalities that both sides decided to stay in their trenches.
Many advances in technology also attempted to break the stalemate throughout the war with tanks, gas and aircraft, these however failed. Eventually the stalemate was broken through a combination of improved technology, new strategies and the blockading of the German ports. Creation of Stalemate The stalemate on the Western front had developed by December 1914 because of the new advances in defensive weaponry where both sides had developed lethal weaponry like the machine guns and artillery, which subsequently led to trench warfare. The Machine Gun was a very dominant weapon in the First World War. It could kill hundreds of men a minute due to its rapid firing rate of 600 bullets a minute.
First, it offered many strategic benefits. With the advent of modern weaponry such as heavy artillery and machine guns, trench warfare became prominent on the western front out of necessity. Traditional tactics armies have used for centuries prior were now outdated and would prove to be a strategic disaster if implemented in WW1. Armies had such strong confidence for trenches that they were willing to stand guard every dawn and wait for opponent attacks which included heavy bombardments (46 the great way, modern memory). This brings into mind the second key advantage of trench warfare during WW1: safety.