Over the past century, weapons have evolved to become very effective at killing your enemies. But during World War I, the weaponry was effective but it was a lot more brutal. In fact, the methods used during WWI were so twisted that they required the support of the Geneva Convention to ban their use permanently. The first World War gave rise to many new weapons, so let’s take a look at some of them.
Tanks are common in modern warfare but during the first World War, the concept of mechanized warfare was absolutely horrifying when it was brought to life. Trench warfare defined WWI but evading a barrage of bullets to attack enemy soldiers ducking in a trench proved difficult. To overcome the stalemates often brought on by WWI the first tanks were used introduced. These early generation tanks were impervious to bullet fire and could roll over enemy lines and into trenches to crush soldiers.
“The first British tank (“Little Willie”) weighed approximately 14 tons, had a top speed of three mph, and broke down frequently. Improved tanks were deployed during the war, but breakdowns remained a significant problem that led many commanders to believe the tank would never play a major role in warfare. The Germans developed an armored fighting vehicle only in response to the British and French deploying tanks.”