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.


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

Vickers Gun in Action

Specially-prepared positions for Vickers machine-gun teams

The British Vickers machine-gun in action during the First World War. to Part I: history, development, service, specifications and pictures of the Vickers Gun. When the first Vickers machine-guns were introduced in 1907, few British army officers knew exactly what… learn more

Russian revolvers and pistols

Russian Nagant revolvers and Tokarev automatic pistols of the First and Second World Wars. History, development, specifications, statistics and pictures. Revolver Model 1895 Nagant Model 1895 Nagant Type: Revolver. Belgian Nagant Revolver The Nagant Model 1895 revolver was originally a… learn more

Vickers Gun

Vickers Gun

British Vickers machine-gun from both World Wars. History, development, service, specifications and pictures of the heavy Vickers gun. Vickers Gun Type: heavy machine-gun. History Great Britain was among the first countries where the Maxim machine-gun was introduced after a demonstration… learn more

British Revolvers

British revolvers of both World Wars: Webley .455in, Fosbery, Webley .38in Mk 4, Enfield No.2. History, development, specifications, statistics and pictures. Pistols Webley .455in, 0.38in Mk 4, Fosbery, Enfield No.2 Type: Revolver. Webley .455in revolver The 0.455-inch cartridge used by… learn more

Springfield M1903

3d model of Springfield rifle.

US Rifle cal. 30, Springfield M1903. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures, and 3D model of the American infantry weapon. Springfield M1903, US rifle cal .30 Type: Infantry rifle. History: Although the M1 Garand was the standard rifle of the… learn more

WoWs – Battleship Kaiser

battleship 'Kaiser' in WoW

World of Warships: German battleship Kaiser class from World War One. The German battleship of the Kaiser class is the fifth ship in the German research tree (right), which can be reached after the cruisers Hermelin, Dresden, Kolberg and the… learn more