Weapons Used In WW1

Elvia Benitez

Flamethrowers

The flamethrowers are just gas tanks with a tube. Once the gas is released by the trigger the gas will react and cause fire to be burned in that very direction that is appointed to. The Flamethrowers were first used in WWI by the Germans.

Grenades

Were an empty cans filled with gunpowder and stones, with a primitive fuse.

There were several shortcomings with the grenades:

  • Cast iron bodies which did not fragment well

  • Safety levers difficult to grasp firmly, tending to slip prematurely

  • Insufficient safety features

Machine Guns

They fired a large amount of bullets in a short period of time. They were fairly large, heavy weapons, that were only moved to different positions between battles. They had a trigger similar to other guns but when it was pulled, the weapon continued firing one shot after another as long as the trigger was held back. The barrels could be aimed, moved or traversed left and right or up and down, so their firepower could be directed wherever it was needed on the battlefield.

Pistols

Was one of the most famous German-based pistols designed. They were chambered to fire a 7.65mm round. And weight about 2 pounds. Originally designed as a cavalry weapon. Traditionally issued to officers of all armies the pistol was also issued to military police, airmen and tank operators.

Poison Gas

Poison gas was probably the most feared of all weapons. They was indiscriminate and could be used on the trenches even when no attack was going on. A poison gas attack meant soldiers having to put on crude gas masks and if these were unsuccessful, an attack could leave a victim in agony for days and weeks before he finally succumbed to their injuries.

Rifles

The rifle, a key weapon on the battlefield was generally issued to officers rather than regular soldiery.The rifle was the most crucial, ever-present infantry weapon throughout World War One.

Tanks

Tanks were used for the first time in the First World War. They were developed to cope with the conditions on the Western Front. The first tank was called ‘Little Willie’ and needed a crew of 3. Its maximum speed was 3mph and it could not cross trenches.

Trench Mortars

It could be fired from the (relative) safety of the trench, avoiding exposure of the mortar crews to the enemy. It was notably lighter and more mobile than others. The very fact that the mortar bomb fell almost straight down meant that it would (with luck) land smack in the enemy trench.

Airplanes

•They’re just used for observation and reconnaissance

•Enemy pilots started off smiling and waving when encountering each other, then they starting throwing things

•Naturally, they started putting machine guns on them, but that had problems

•Fights between two planes in the sky became known as 'dogfights'

Zeppelin

The Zeppelin was also known a blimp was an airship that was used during the early part of the war in bombing raids by the Germans. They carried machine guns and bombs. However, they were abandoned because they were easy to shoot out of the sky.