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.


Battleships Queen Elizabeth class

British Battleships Queen Elizabeth class History One of the most successful classes of capital ships ever built, the five units of the Queen Elizabeth class were also the first true fast battleships. This re­sulted from the decision to mount 381­-mm… learn more

Armoured Cruiser Blücher

German Armoured Cruiser Blücher History SMS Blücher affords a prime example of a misfit warship produced rapidly to meet a mistakenly perceived threat from a rival power. The British built their first battle-cruisers in great secrecy, referring to them (deliberate­ly… 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

Cruiser Aurora

shot fired from Aurora

Russian Pallada class protected cruisers (Pallada, Diana, Aurora). History, development, service, specifications, pictures and model. Pallada class (Pallada, Diana, Aurora) Type: Protected cruisers. History: The Pallada class were three-funnelled cruisers having a fore­castle deck so far as the mainmast. The… learn more

Mortier de 370 Filloux

French 370-mm heavy mortar rains high explosives

French heavy 370-mm howitzer Mortier de 370 Filloux. History, development, service, specification, and pictures. History The Mortier de 370 Filloux had its ori­gins in a specification regarding a coastal artil­lery gun able to produce plunging shells in order to cut… learn more

F.E.2

British two-seater fighter Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and model. Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b and F.E.2d Type: two-seater fighter (later night-bomber). History: Had it been achievable to have the F.E.2b to come sooner into action, it… learn more

St Chamond assault tank

St Chamond tanks

French Char d’Aussaut St Chamond. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Char d’Aussaut St Chamond Type: Assault tank. History: The introduction of the Schneider tank had by-passed the ordinary French military supply paths, which made upset several of… learn more

Big Bertha

M-Gerät ‘Big Bertha’. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and model. Kurze Marinekanone 14 L/12 (M-Gerät) ‘Big Bertha’ Type: super-heavy howitzer. History: The Schlieffen Plan which was designed to obtain the German defeat of France, by wheeling armies via Belgium to… learn more

Mauser rifle 1898

German army's Gewehr 1898.

German infantry rifle Mauser Gewehr 1898 History, development, service, specifications, pictures and model. Mauser Gewehr 1898 Type: Infantry Rifle. History: The initial Mauser rifle accepted for German military service was the Mauser Modell 1888. This utilized a Mauser bolt-action which… learn more

Martinsyde G.100 Elephant

British long-range escort fighter Martinsyde G.100 and G.102 ‘Elephant’. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and model. Martinsyde G.100 and G.102 Elephant Type: single-seat long-range escort fighter (later ground-attack and bomber aircraft). History: Developed by A. A. Fletcher of Martinsyde Limited… learn more

Schneider Tank

Schneider tank

French Schneider assault tank Char d’Assaut (CA). History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Char d’Assaut Schneider Type: Assault tank. History: The idea of the Char d’Assaut Schneider (or Schneider CA) had been de­veloped under the aegis of General… learn more

B.E.2

British reconnaissance, bomber, night-fighter and training aircraft Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2. Type: two-seat reconnaissance and bomber aircraft. History: Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2, B.E.2a und B.E.2b The initial B.E.… learn more

Tank Mk I

British heavy Infantry Tank Mark I, first tank in history. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Tank Mk I Type: Heavy Infantry Tank. History: The thought of the armoured ‘landship’ had been quite nicely well-known in fiction prior… learn more

Canon de 75 mle 1897

French field gun Canon de 75 mle 1897 (soixante-quinze). History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. History: Canon de 75 mle 1897 Type: field gun. The demand to becoming probably the most legendary guns in recent history could be… learn more

Caudron G

French Caudron G series of two-seater reconnaissance bombers. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and model. Caudron G.III, G.IV and G.VI Type: two-seat reconnaissance bomber and training aircraft. History: The majority of nacelle-and-tailboom aero­planes of 1914-19 had been pusher bi­planes; the… learn more

FT-17

3D model of FT-17

French light infantry tank Renault FT-17. 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 all the World War one… learn more

Albatros B

German two-seat reconnaissance planes Albatros B types. 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 functionality as well as… learn more

Airco DH2

Model Airco DH2

British first true single-seat fighting scout Airco de Havilland 2. 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 in 1916. By that time the Fokker E… learn more

Mk VIII tank

US heavy Mk VIII ‘Liberty’ or ‘International’ tank. Mk VIII (Liberty or International tank) Type: Heavy Infantry Tank. History: In 1916 General John J Pershing appointed an officer with the planning of a tank unit for the US Army. This… learn more

Gun 149/35

Italian heavy gun Cannone da 149/35A. 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 1882 introduced older model 149/23, began… learn more