World War I Inventions

By Seejay Padilla

Tracer Bullets

It wasn't really said who invented it, but it was invented by the British. The first model was built in 1915, but it wasn't the best. The trail was limited to 100 meters and was described as 'erratic'. The second model was built in 1916 and proved to be better. The bullet was made for night combat, which proved to be, well, dark. The first model left a red trail, and the second model left a bright green trail. I wouldn't say it replaced anything, just made night combat a bit easier. I think the modern army still uses it, but not too often.

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Flamethrowers

In 1901, Richard Fiedler submitted the flamethrower to the German army. There wasn't much use for it until the Germans realized that they could be used in trench warfare. After an attack, it was common for enemy soldiers to hide in dugouts hollowed out from the trench. Unlike grenades, which destroy everything around it, the flamethrower to "neutralize” (a.k.a burn alive) the enemies in the dugouts without destroying the structure of the trench. It was first used near Verdun in February 1915.
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