The World War I Changed The Future Of Wars Essay

1153 Words Nov 16th, 2014 5 Pages
On June 28, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to Austria and Hungary’s throne, and his wife were assassinated by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. This is what started it all—the Great War, the War of the Nations, the end of all wars—World War I. Due to the assassination of Ferdinand, a chain reaction of war declarations spread throughout Europe. This war lasted four years and was fought on every ocean and on almost every continent. World War I changed the future of wars forever with the first use of more advanced equipment, the first and last use of trench warfare, and the transformation of the United Stated into the largest military power in the world. The new advancements in technology around the 1900s proved quite useful between 1914 and 1918. With the use of machine guns, chemical weapons, tanks, and aircrafts. The first machine gun was introduced in World War I; the hundred pound, water-cooled gun could fire between four hundred and six hundred rounds per minute. It was named the Maxim, after Hiram Maxim patented the weapon in the United States in 1884. In, fact many machine-guns that were used during World War I was based off of the Maxim design. The French first introduced chemical warfare in August of 1914 when they fired tear gas grenades against the Germans. Over the four-year period of the war about thirty different poisonous gases were used, a hundred and twenty thousand tons of gases were used. This resulted in the deaths of over ninety thousand…

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