Hiram Maxim, creator of the first machine gun used in WW1, changed how the war went in the trenches and over all. His important invention brought many more machine guns on the battle field. This effects us today because its added a new way to fight wars and how we view war.
Samuel Morse the inventor of the morse code changed wartime communications, and relay of information. The telegraph which was used as a way to communicate with morse code was useless without a way to communicate this where morse code comes in, this allowed for faster and more reliable relay of information during WW1. Even though not in use today this invention helped us win wars and to find new ways to communicate on the battle field.
The Wright brothers who invented the first plane thought it was not their intention changed warfare forever. The invention of planes was a big advantage in the battle field, the planes used were originally used as recon, but throughout time the new types of plane started to be introduced such as fighters and bombers, this changed warfare overnight . The invention of the aircraft changed branches in the military and how wars are fought, from WW1 to today.
Browing, the gun manufacturer behind the M1911, created one of the most influential firearms. It changed the kit of our soldiers between WW1 and the Vietnam war. They changed how America fought wars, and set a gold standard on a standard issue firearm. Even though this handgun isn't in service it set a high goal for our next standard issue sidearm.
The Sturmgewehr 44 (StG44) was the first assault rifle to see deployment on a large scale. Far from perfect, it proved a versatile weapon for German forces. This weapon influenced the development of the Kalashnikov rifles (AK74, AKM, PKM), and the technology that was founded would be vital for future firearm technology. If Hugo Schmeisser didn't get the firearm approved by Hitler future assault rifle could've been changed.
The battle of Verdun saw the French and Germans fighting over a large area, and taking ground and losing that ground in a later offensive, the battle saw the loss of over 1.25 million dead from both sides. This was the first uses of gas in the war, this saw the style of war change as well as the technologies used to fight it. This effects us today because it showed how brutal and violent war can be, and the gas attacks used changed the laws of war forever.
The first tank to see service in WW1, this tank known as Little Willie was the first tank to be used on the front lines, the technology was new to the field of battle, and lead to more and more development of these beasts of war. This effects us today with the highly advanced and highly powerful moving fortresses by creating new strategies on the battle field.
The nuclear arms race was a competition for supremacy in nuclear warfare between the United States, the Soviet Union, and their respective allies during the Cold War. During this period, there was a lot of concern of an attack from the USSR, this changed the perspective civilians had on the USSR and war in general. This effects us today because we know the technologies that can be obtained and used to devastating effect by enemies or alies in the right position.
Dwight D. Eisenhower lead America through the cold war. He endorsed the development of nuclear weapons and the race to beat the USSR in the arms race. His leading effects us today because if he lead us through the old war in a more aggressive or more defensive manner it could of ended in a catastrophic outcome.
Nikita Khrushchev was the Soviet leader for more than a decade, overseeing critical events such as the U2 spyplane affair and the Cuban missile crisis. He was one of the main threats gained the USA. Because of the arms race between the USSR and America tensions built as well as their supply of nuclear and non-nuclear weapons. His leading of the USSR effects us today because of the technologies that were striven for and obtained, tat can still be used.