I am a Canadian soldier in the war to end all wars. Many new weapons and technologies have been made and have surpassed amazing feats for that technology while others were deadly killing machines. At the beginning of the war I was not expecting the new technology to be as brutal as they were. Some of these weapons were used to counter enemies technology or were just made for the purpose of killing in new ways.
The sniper rifle is a great way to kill foes from a distance if it is used correctly. The ross rifle is a sniper that can rapidly fire. Although it sounds as if this rifle is very effective it barely works. The rifle will constantly get jammed very easily when dirt or dust gets in the rifle. This caused me and many other soldiers to take different guns into battle because trench war has a lot of mud and dirt flying all over due to explosions and bullets hitting the ground. If you want to help your country my suggestion is to never use this weapon. It is revolutionary but needs to be developed to not jam as easily.
The flamethrower was yet another weapon that was first used by the Germans. The flamethrower does not have that specific of a use, it’s main purpose being to project fire on anyone or anything in sight that was the enemies. One model of the flamethrower called the kleinflammenwerfer has a soldier carry a tank filled with carbon dioxide or nitrogen and a hose attached to the tank. When you pull the trigger the gas comes out of the tank through the tube set on fire as it comes out. I am always worried that I will go into a battle one day and be burnt alive from the havoc unleashed by this weapon.
The British were losing too many soldiers during attacks because of barbed wire as well as machine guns in 1915, carrying out until the beginning of 1916, the British decided to use tanks to resolve this issue and made a weapon out of it. It just goes to show how creative countries can become to make something effective to correct challenges they are facing as well as being creative enough to make a lethal weapon all in one machine. The tank had 10 men in it, the weapons consisted of two machine guns and an artillery cannon. Eventually in some battles tanks would be in front of the soldiers on the ground to protect them while the tanks can give severe damage to the enemies.
The sawback butcher blade was a type a bayonet designed and used by the Germans. This lethal weapon was used in close quarters combat. The bayonet would attach to the end of your gun allowing you to charge into an enemy and stab them with the blade. The difference with the sawback butcher blade being that it had a serrated edge where the dull part of the blade usually is. The purpose of the serrated edge is to shred the inside of the person's body as the blade is pulled out from the impaled soldier. I have seen many allies being taken out from the use of this blade. I will never understand why people don’t fight with honour, there is no purpose of the sawback butcher blade except to inflict the most amount of pain to a person as possible, the other thing that shocks me is that the German soldiers have no remorse for using this weapon.
The dreadnought is one of the largest battleships that is in the war. It is very well known for hitting a u-boat and sinking it. This boat has 8 heavy guns and has 10 machine guns. I’ve heard the propellers on the dreadnought, this giant can move at about 37 kilometres an hour. There was a major battle of these battleships, it was Britain versus Germany, Britain had thirty seven dreadnought whereas Germany had twenty one.
Poisonous gas was illegal in this dreadful war but countries still decided to use it. I still remember the time when I was in the Second Battle of Ypres and the Germans. It was April 24, 1915, the Germans decided to unleash their second of two gas attacks on us. There were two choices, stay in your trench and try to kill off some of the Germans only to eventually be engulfed in the gas and suffocate or try to run from the smoke billowing towards us. I decided to run from the gas in fear of my life ending. Poison gas technology developed over the war, artillery shells with poison gas in them were invented and new types of gases were also being invented, mustard gas was one of the new gases created to cause very painful blisters on skin and lungs, burns and or death depending on the amount of exposure.
Artillery cannons were able to soar through the skies for many kilometres to eventually explode, there are many different shells to use. Some include, explosive shells, incendiary (fire) shells, shells that contained metal pellets that would explode causing the pellets within the shell to fire in all direction called shrapnel shells, smoke shells and gas shells. These cannons played a helpful role in helping to maintain our defence. It helps to take out the enemies from afar to minimize the amount of soldiers that will come to attack. Artillery cannons also help take out trenches by caving them in by using explosives. Most casualties caused in trenches were due to artillery cannons.
One of the most impressive technologies in my opinion is the aeroplane, the first plane was built by the Wright brothers on December 17, 1903, 11 years before the war. Planes were used to bomb the enemies below, taking out other enemy planes, pilots would take pictures of the enemy trenches below to know the layout of those trenches as well as anything that was past the trenches. The allied soldiers could not pass enemy lines without being wounded (shot, stabbed etc) without being captured by the enemy. Although the plane was very useful I find there are many design flaws that go along with it as well as being very easy to take down in multiple ways. One of these flaws include the pilot being shot very easily while in the cockpit of the plane from an enemy behind, there needs to be better protection for the pilot in the plane. The metal on the plane can also be pierced through by bullets which can set the engine on fire leading to the plane exploding. I’m torn,although planes are very useful weapons towards our fight in the war they also have not been developed enough to be more resistant to bullets.
Technology Categories Vehicles: Planes Tanks Dreadnought Trench War weapons: Rifles Saw back Butcher Blade/Bayonet Chlorine gas Flamethrower Artillery Cannon- The reason I sorted the two categories into vehicles and trench war weapons is for a few reasons. I chose vehicles because I had all three types of transportation being land, air and water, all these technologies are different types of vehicles that were turned into war machines. My other category is called trench war weapons, I named it this because soldiers would either use the weapons in the trenches or these weapons would be used by the enemy to take out soldiers in the trenches. For example rifles and the sawback butcher blade would be used by soldiers in the trenches where as artillery cannons and chlorine gas would be used to try to take the soldiers in the trenches.
Items I excluded from my museum were a shovel with a hole in the middle for rifles to shoot through, machine guns and a spiked club. I excluded the shovel with the hole in the middle because I wanted to show how deadly and brutal this war is and the shovel was a terrible idea with poor design, it did nothing of importance to showcase in my opinion. I excluded the spiked club because I already had a bayonet and as mentioned previously I wanted to show how brutal world war 1 was and I think the bayonet is deadlier if used correctly. I excluded machine guns because I already had rifles and didn't think i needed to include two types of guns to leave room for other technologies.
Pictures WW1 Plane https://i.pinimg.com/736x/69/c4/d0/69c4d026def926a899e530813bd1d031--fairey-swordfish-royal-navy.jpg Artillery cannon http://www.passioncompassion1418.com/decouvertes/ImagesDecouvertes/8inSomme16.jpg Chlorine gas https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U-wWaSHn0Kg/VzJlSnf_N1I/AAAAAAAACII/ikbZNZkDRTsSFAquHn_izpZc-FiIMoUJACLcB/s1600/chlorine%2Bgas.jpg Dreadnought https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/62/HMS_Dreadnought_1906_H61017.jpg Bayonets https://paradeantiques.co.uk/images/wwi-german-prussian-m1898-short-sawback-bayonet-01_01.jpg Tank https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-2075cfd1ed8c0166f1d942d9417d7b27-c Flamethrower https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/AESvJqjSCQmNjk6d6m4p71BavKWeUUMmIkhPO_dvTN-GfMfKn-pUFR3DE04zglrovQ1npXhSRAj9MDsWRIWKxwLHsR6Zunk_r7Co8oTJTbnBi301az8G7oePVMn71CTdg6h7M-E Sniper http://media.liveauctiongroup.net/i/7832/9385956_1.jpg?v=8CCABB72AEFF0D0 Bibliography https://mrdavidfox.weebly.com/uploads/5/9/9/6/59966833/7416418_orig.jpg Categories http://vmwareinsight.com/Content/Icons/Tags/636284781491631513.jpg Excluded https://image.freepik.com/free-photo/big-no-waiting-sign_1194-6980.jpg Soldier https://i.cbc.ca/1.2779825.1411855956!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_220/william-simms.jpg Websites http://www.iwm.org.uk/learning/resources/what-impact-did-the-first-world-war-have-on-aircraft-and-aerial-warfare https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/wright-brothers/online/fly/1903/ http://www.warmuseum.ca/firstworldwar/history/battles-and-fighting/weapons-on-land/rifles/ https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/artillery http://www.warmuseum.ca/firstworldwar/history/battles-and-fighting/land-battles/?anchor=118 http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-one/the-western-front-in-world-war-one/tanks-and-world-war-one/ http://www.firstworldwar.com/weaponry/flamethrowers.htm http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/why-canadians-ditched-ross-rifle-during-first-world-war-its-murder-to-send-out-men-with-such-a-weapon https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/dreadnought_hms