Weapons Used in WWI

Weapons Used in WWI
Mortars
advanced compared to earlier designs
first design by Britain
could fire 22 3inch shells
range of 1200m
also used by Germans
fired shells loaded with metal bars
Flamethrowers
Feb 26, 1995
used by Germans
Also used by Britain + France, but they did not
use them much
Torpedoes
used by submarines
used to blow up supply ships
one sank the 'Lustiana', enraging Americans
caused America to join war on side of the 'Allied Powers'.
May 1st 1915
lost 1195 lives
Planes
1st used to carry materials/spies
next fighter planes
carries guns/bombs
some carried cannons
dogfights
Zepplin/Blimp
carried machine guns + bombs
easy to detect
easy to shoot down
abandoned close to start of WW1
Tanks
first model
3 mph
first used at The Battle of Somme
first tank called 'Little Willie'
could not cross trenches
newer model
developed close to the end of the war
could fit 10 people
reach 4 mph
has a revolving turret
Poison gas
chlorine
Used 1st by Germans in Ypres
1995
Burning throat and chest feeling
Painful death
Suffocation
Wind needs to or in the right direction or it kills
the firing alliance!
musterd
deadliest
fired into trenches by shells
colourless
takes 12 hours to take effect
blistering skin
vomiting
sore eyes
internal & external bleeding
death takes up to 5 days
Machine gun
46 men needed
Flat surface needed
1 Machine gun = 100 rifles/guns
Large field guns
Large field guns need more people
Fires shells
Devastating to enemies
Long range
Rifle
Main weapon used
15 rounds shot per min
1400m distance
Sources
http://www.historyonthenet.com/WW1/weapons.htm
http://www.historynet.com/weaponsofworldwari.htm
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