Survival Guide

World War 1

Airplanes

  • WWI was the first war to deploy airplanes, so it was kind of a big deal and a new expericence.At first planes were basic and crude. The military didn't find them useful and didn't care for them.

Machine Guns

  • Until the machine gun was invented, using a rifle was slow. You could only shot one bullet at a time and then you needed to load the next bullet into the firing chamber using the "bolt."

Tanks

  • The idea of the tank came from a development of farming vehicles that could cross difficult land with ease by using caterpillar tracks. However, the British army’s hierarchy was dominated by officers from the various cavalry regiments that existed. At the start of World War One, the first engagement between the British and Germans had involved cavalry near Mons. This seemed to emphasise the importance of such regiments.

Poison Gas

  • Poison gas was probably the most feared of all weapons in World War one. Poison gas was indiscriminate and could be used on the trenches even when no attack was going on.

Barbed Wire

  • The trench system finally stabilized, they stretched from the coast of France all the way to Switzerland. The trenches reached a length of over 645 kilometers. Methods to protect the trenches from the enemy were always sought. Thus both sides looked at using barbed wire to slow enemy soldiers from getting into the trench.

Submarine

  • One way that the submarine was able to change warfare in World War1 was in getting America to change the war. America decided to join the war when Germany decided to use unrestricted submarine use. The submarines were able to attach ships and boats.

Trench Warefare And No Mans Land

  • Trench Warefare-a type of combat in which opposing troops fight from trenches facing each other
  • No mans land-disputed ground, as between the front lines or trenches of two opposing armies.
  • It is most commonly associated with the First World War to describe the area of landbetween two enemy trench systems to which neither side wished to move openly or to seize due to fear of being attacked by the enemy in the process.