Weapons World War One

Weapons of World War One.

German machine gunners

German machine gunners wearing gas masks.

World War One had been the turning point in weapons systems. The disasters of trench combat delivered modern forms of fighting conflicts and fresh weapons with which to eliminate the adversary. World War One had been amongst the most hazardous clashes in military history. This size of human elimination had never been come across earlier – in excess of Fourteen million military and civilians died, along with an additional Twenty one million soldiers had been injured during the 4 years of stagnant trench battles and in unsuccessful offensives.

World War One had been the initial really total worldwide war, a titanic fight between the then major world powers for the control of Europe as well as other regions that they had colonized in the Nineteenth century. Despite such high stakes, the start of the war was welcomed with significant popular enthusiasm in numerous ­ if not completely – places.
After many years of sabre­rattling and boosting arms races as well as intensifying economic and geopolitical rivalries, it had been believed, not merely by militarists, that a brief, clean conflict would bring a fresh balance to world affairs.

Similar to most conflicts, World War One ended up to the extent that the participants didn’t predict in the beginning. A lot of people believed that world war one would be limited, just a few months at the most.
Economic and industrial fads were considered to have made it hopeless for battling to carry on for long.

The truth is the opposite was valid. Industrialization and mass manufacturing resulted in armies of formerly unmatched scale could be supplied and kept combating – resulting in a victim toll no time before experienced.

Army leaders struggled to deal with the effects of the size of the battles as well as the new technologies involved – it had been the initial important conflict involving aircraft, tanks, submarines, quick-firing guns, poison gas and a lot more.
It’s not really surprising that generals occasionally failed to make most effective use of these new materials, but a small number of them were the foolish and unfeeling blunderers of common opinion.

Artillery was deployed on a bulk level to demolish deeply dug trenches and fortifications, machine guns grown to their devastating peak against close formations of attacking soldiers; horrifying, fresh created tanks were used to get rid of the stalemate on the Western Front; armoured battleships were sailed on a degree never seen earlier or after; planes turned out both valuable for artillery spotting, and as a result for air-to-air combat, submarines were for the first occasion employed to torpedo rival shipping, significantly undermining Britain’s ability to wage war; while Zeppelin airships moved the war to the home front, dropping bombs on British cities.

When World War One was over following well over 4 years of terrible fighting, where the final result was questionable until the closing phases of campaigning, a small number of people were actually in a position, to understand the utter degree of the devastating occasions they had seen.
Empires were destroyed, new nations had appeared and the United States had been turned into a global colossus. Regardless of the significant deaths, the winners might at least console themselves with the belief that they had triumphed in ‘the war to end all wars’ – the widely used statement of the name of H G Wells’s extremely optimistic 1914 book entitled The War That Will End War.
However the peace they had won. at such enormous price was transitory and it was destined to last only 20 years.

The innovative technologies that appeared dur­ing the war result in vital improvements in the production of military weaponry.

This website provides jointly many of the primary weapons that were developed and deployed during World War One. Split into 5 sections, Aircrafts and Airships, Infantry Weapons, Artillery, Tanks and Warships, the major weapons deployed during the war by the Allied and Central Powers are explained.
Ranked alphabetical, each offers data describing what each weapon is, how it functioned, the results and disappointments, the techniques that usually decided the results, it outlined specifications along with images and models.

Each one of these parts merge to create a comprehensive history of the technologies and weapons of World War One and provide an in-depth examination about how world war one was fought.


Sikorsky IIya Mouromets

crew members of a Sikorsky Ilya Mouromets

Sikorsky Ilya Mouromets, Russian heavy bomber from the First World War and the first four-engined aircraft in history. History, development, deployment, specifications, statistics and pictures. Sikorsky IIya Mouromets Type: four-engine heavy reconnaissance bomber. History The shortage of aircraft engines had… learn more

FT-17

3D model of FT-17

French light infantry tank Renault FT-17 of the First World War. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Renault FT-17 Type: Light Infantry Tank. History: The little Renault FT-17 was without a doubt one of the most successful of… learn more

Japanese Pistols

pistol Taisho 14 Nambu

Japanese automatic pistols and revolvers from the First and Second World War. History, development, specifications, statistics and pictures. Revolver Meiji 26 During World War One, the Japanese armed forces used two types of handguns: the Type 26 revolver and the… learn more

Albatros B

German two-seat reconnaissance planes Albatros B types of World War One. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and model. Albatros B.I, B.II, B.III Type: Two-seat reconnaissance plane. History: This none armed two-seat Albatros bi­planes which were used in Germany in one… learn more

Airco DH2

Model Airco DH2

British first true single-seat fighting scout Airco de Havilland 2. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures, and model. Airco DH2 Type: single-seat fighting scout. History: Now generally recognized as the RFC’s first true fighter, the Airco D.H.2 reached France early… learn more

Mk VIII tank

Tank Mark VIII

Heavy Mk VIII ‘Liberty’ or ‘International’ tank build in U.S. after World War One. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures, and 3D model. Mk VIII (Liberty or International tank) Type: Heavy Infantry Tank. History: In 1916 General John J Pershing… learn more

Gun 149/35

Italian heavy gun Cannone da 149/35A in service from 1901 to 1943. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Cannone da 149/35A Type: heavy gun. History: The development of a new heavy artillery gun, which could replace the in… learn more

Nieuport 11

French scout and single-seat fighter Nieuport 11 and 16 ‘Bebe’. History, development, service, specifications, statistics and pictures. Nieuport 11, 16 Type: single-seat fighting scout. History: The Nieuport 11 found its roots in a tiny, single-seat biplane, operated by an 80… learn more

Browning Automatic Pistols

Browning HP-35

Browning Automatic Pistol Model 1900, 1903, 1910 and Browning HP. History, development, specifications, statistics and pictures. Pistol Automatique Browning The Belgian Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre (FN) was founded in collaboration with the American John M Browning after he left… learn more

Battlecruiser Lion

'Lion' class battlecruisers at sea prior to the battle of Jutland

British Battlecruiser class Lion and Princess Royal in action at the Battle of the Dogger Bank. History, development, service, specifications and pictures. History: Embodying all the strengths and weaknesses of Fisher’s battlecruiser concept, Lion was every inch a thoroughbred. Fast… learn more

Fokker Eindecker

3D model of Fokker E.

German Fokker E monoplane from World War One. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3d model. Fokker Eindecker Type: single-seat fighting scout. History: Anthony Fokker’s Eindecker (literally ‘one wing’) monoplanes were the man­ifestation of his design philosophy combining maneuverability with… learn more

Sopwith Camel

3d model Sopwith Camel F1

Sopwith Camel – famous British fighter plane of World War One. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3d model. The Sopwith F I Camel, the First World War’s most successful fighter, with 1,294 air­craft downed to its credit. Is generally… learn more

Battle of the Falklands

SMS Scharnhorst entering Valparais

German Armored Cruisers Scharnhorst class from World War One, and the battle of the Falklands (part II). History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3d model. The armored cruiser SMS Scharnhorst was the flagship of Graf Spee’s East Asia squadron with… learn more

Flush-decker destroyers

3d model of flush-decker HMS Campbeltown

US Flush-decker destroyer class in the First and Second World War. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3d model. Flush-decker destroyers (6 Caldwell, 110 or 111 Wickes and 155 Clemson class ships). Type: Destroyer. History: The first fifty of these… learn more

Armored cruiser Scharnhorst

Armored cruiser Scharnhorst

German Armored Cruisers Scharnhorst class from World War One, and the battle of Coronel in 1914. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3d model. The armored cruiser SMS Scharnhorst was the flagship of Graf Spees East Asia squadron with the… learn more

Smith & Wesson Revolvers

Smith&Wesson Model 1905 ‘Victory’

Smith & Wesson Revolvers M1905, M1917 and 0.38/200 from World War One and Two. History, development, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. In the middle of the nineteenth century, widespread revolvers with cartridges in a rotating drum behind the barrel… learn more

BAR

BAR

BAR – Browning Automatic Rifle, US light machine gun or assault rifle from both World Wars. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) Type: heavy automatic rifle or light machine gun. Browning M1918 in World… learn more

Battleships Queen Elizabeth class

British Battleships Queen Elizabeth class. History, development, service in the First World War, specifications, statistics and pictures. History One of the most successful classes of capital ships ever built, the five units of the Queen Elizabeth class were also the… learn more

Armoured Cruiser Blücher

German Armored Cruiser Blücher from World War One, which sunk in the battle of the Dogger Bank 1915. History, development, service, specifications and pictures History SMS Blücher affords a prime example of a misfit warship produced rapidly to meet a… learn more

Coastal submarines UB class

German short-range coastal submarines originally intended to be transported by rail to their area of operations. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and model. UB class Type: Coastal submarines. History The UB classes were coastal sub­marines which stemmed initially from a… learn more