How Wwi Weapons Changed The World Of Warfare Essay

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How WWI Weapons Changed the World of Warfare Imagine a knight in shining armor riding upon his magnificent steed. Imagine his past battles filled with dueling, jousting, and chivalrous combat! Now imagine him and his horse charging into battle only to be mown down by hundreds of bullets that punching right through that once beautiful armor. Virginia Postrel once stated in an interview, “European nations began World War I with a glamorous vision of war, only to be psychologically shattered by the realities of the trenches. The experience changed the way people referred to the glamour of battle; they treated it no longer as a positive quality but as a dangerous illusion,”(Virginia Postrel) . World War One (WWI) was the first war to truly tear away from the fantasy of battle, and replaced it with the brutal reality of widespread death. Weapons, and upgrades to existing weapons, introduced in WW1 forever changed modern warfare.
World War I introduced and upgraded many staples of modern anti personal weapons. These include, but are not limited to: rifles, shotguns, flamethrowers, grenades, mortars, artillery, and machine guns. These weapons gave each soldier a variety of choices when it came to dealing death to their enemies. The rifle could now kill from a great distance and led to the first true snipers. WWI also saw the widespread popularization of a variety of explosive weapons as well as flamethrowers. The machine gun was also first used in WW1 and caused the death…

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