Among the many innovations of World War I, the machine gun was an addition. Depending upon the specific weapon system, machine guns were capable of firing more than six hundred bullets within one minute. Because of machine gun fire, Armies of the War’s participants sustained countless casualties and were forced to alter the way they fought. Prior to this alteration in strategy machine guns easily mowed down hundreds of enemies with one wave. Single shot rifles could not match the use of a machine gun placed in the right position. Strategists soon learned that machine guns could perform as well as sixty rifles, and when they were coupled together on the firing line they produced a decent defense. Aside from its mass casualty producing capability, the machine gun was also an asset because it was relatively small and tough for the opposing force to destroy.
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