The trenches were ensured to be constructed in a zig-zag pattern because this design prevented a direct line of fire down a single line, if a trench were to be taken over by the enemy. Many new technological advancements had taken place during WWI, Roden’s letter had described the very minute amount of weaponry that Roden had seen. “Before attacking they used burning liquid on our trenches, and the whole line of trenches were one mass of flames for about 15 minutes. It was a marvel to see how they sent it across. It was worse than gas.” Napalm was a brand new substance that was introduced by the Germans, which was a jelly like substance that could be easily transported and when ignited, would burn ferociously for a long period of time.
THE TANK World War One, also known as the Great War, was one of the most devastating wars in history. From 1914-1918 the world was plunged into hell on land, in the air, and on the sea; the globe was caught in a constant battle. WW1 served as an open door to new technological advancements off and on the battlefield. One of these great advancements developed during the war was the tank. The tank was one of the most effective machines in WW1, and in order to establish its significance research will be conducted to explore its background and how it developed throughout the war and the role it played.
Part A: Battle Report When did the battle occur? From as early as December 1915, Australian, British and Canadian miners had been digging an intricate tunnel system under the enemy’s front line. A seven day preliminary bombardment was also conducted to put pressure on the enemy before the infantry assault. At 3:10 a.m. on the 7th June 1917 massive explosions erupted. The Allies advanced quickly although the German resistance of this battle was not fully extinguished until the 11th of June 1917.
The Battle of Gettysburg was a three day fight in which an estimate of 51,000 soldiers were killed in total, but besides all of the casualties, what else makes this battle special? The Battle of Gettysburg was a huge factor in the abolishment of slavery. It is one of the most important battles because it created new war strategies and was the turning point in the Civil War, which led to the Gettysburg Address. The Confederate general, Robert E. Lee, was very confident because of his army utmost victory. Lee was so fearless he determined to invade the North reiteratively.
The Battle of Bull Run, the principal real conflict in the Civil War, finished in a Confederate triumph. It smashed illusions that either side would win rapidly or effectively. The fight came to fruition when President Lincoln requested General Irvin McDowell to strike Confederate powers at Mananas Junction, as a stage toward taking Richmond. He needed to move rapidly against the foe, trusting a conclusive triumph would suppress the resistance. Assaulting at a young hour in the morning, Union powers initially appeared to be winning, yet the Confederates checked their development.
The Infantry did an outstanding job, but even General George S. Patton acknowledged the importance of the artillery, especially during the Battle of the Bulge. From the Revolutionary War, to the modern day battlefield; the U.S. Field Artillery will forever and always be, “The King of
To start off, Big Bertha was a very large siege gun, known as a howitzer, used by the Germans during World War I. This howitzer was the most powerful at the time and was used to demolish enemy fortresses. When firing the Big Bertha, it is very important to know how to use quadratics so that you can fire the shell accurately over long distances. The quadratic formula can be used to find the maximum height and distance the shell can be fired. First off, the quadratic equation in standard form needs to be used in order to plug in the variables such as the velocity and the original height the projectile came from.
Throughout history, humankind has evolved in not just physical capacities, but in technological capacities as well. With this fact, no one can deny the truth that those who possess the most advanced technology ultimately become the most dominant of their time. Starting with the bow and arrow, then fleet ships and iron-built weapons, to flintlock weapons and cannons, all the way up to cyber warfare and the final ultimatum of our time, the atomic bomb or ICMBs, he with the biggest stick wins the war. Why bring up such a terrifying subject? Because, that is what wins battles and turns the tides of war.
World War I saw several different weapon advancements that would literally change the way the war would be fought. The biggest and probably most significant weaponry advancement was the creation of the machine gun at the beginning of the war in 1914. Even though the machine gun had its problems with overheating and jamming, it was still a major killer on the battlefield. The machine gun could fire massive quantities of bullets in just a short amount of time and across a wide area. Unfortunately, the machine gun early on, required teams of men to use it which made the soldiers operating them more exposed to enemy gunfire because they were responsible for reloading and making sure the gun did not malfunction.
Possibly one of the most significant innovations of World War One was Artillery. As said by World War One historian John Terraine, “The war of 1914-18 was an artillery war: artillery was the battle-winner, artillery was what caused the greatest loss of life, the most dreadful wounds, and the deepest fear.” Artillery warfare played a huge part in the First World War and its significance at the time was evident; artillery was mostly positioned on the front line, out of sight, to fire at enemy infantry. The point of artillery was to try and hit the target with great force and accuracy. At the start of the war a “register” method was used by both sides, this involved firing ranging shots which they could then observe and correct until they hit
Due to the successful reinforcements, Allied planes were able to attack German tanks. Throughout the first week of the battle, the Germans heavily attacked the U.S. side. Germans started on strongly and bridges, gas areas, and roads were destroyed. Hitler’s plan worked at first. He made his plan in his own way and then organized for everything to be done.
Throughout much of the battle, General Lee and his aggressiveness served him well, but as the battle came to a close, that aggressiveness led to disaster. Lee instructed his almost 15,000 soldiers to attack the center of the Union force, but the Union side was ready with reinforcements on top of the 6,500 soldiers already waiting. With their force spread about two miles wide, they fired their artillery to the sky hoping that some of their bullets would find their mark, and many did. The Union guns were quick to reply and the guns raged on for more than an hour, the heaviest combat of the Civil War. As the Confederate soldiers made the trek through “no-man’s land,” Union artillery hurt their lines a lot.
Intelligence information has been integrated and used when preparing for battle for centuries. Depending on the accuracy of the information and how the information is used, it can lead to a victory or a battle of defeat. The decisions made by the commander during The Battle of Wabash significantly affected the outcome due to the commander ignoring reported intelligence of value. No other battle was more devastating for the United States Army in terms of the casualty to combat strength than The Battle of Wabash. Major General Arthur St. Clair was the commanding officer ultimately responsible for the overall casualty rate of 97.4 percent (Hickman, 2016).
Grant was willing to incur high numbers of casualties with the knowledge that the North could replenish its armies, while the South could not. In May 1864, Grant’s Army of the Potomac began a month of fierce fighting and campaigning. In the Battle of the Wilderness, both sides suffered great casualties, but instead of retreating, as had previous Union commanders, Grant pushed on, fighting Lee again at Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor. After six weeks, Grant lost 60,000 men, an enormous number, but he inflicted 30,000 casualties on Lee’s army. This sustained fighting was a turning point in modern warfare and more resembled the modern trench warfare of World War I than the methods of 1861.