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.
The American Civil War produced a unique period of opportunity for Northern businessmen during the war. The length of the struggle and the 2 million men that the North put into the field created a huge demand for small arms during the war. During this time businessmen scrambled to obtain arms from Europe, acquire domestic supplies of weapons, create factories to produce weapons and develop new small arms. The ability of the federal government to provide these weapons is one of the most important events of the war. Without these weapons the war may have lasted longer ended in Confederate victory.
In the foreword, Chris’s wife says, “Chris felt all of us have a duty to serve those who serve us.”(Kyle and Doyle) I think that writing this book was part of Chris’s duty to serve by informing the public of the importance of guns in America. Chris has mentioned the American long rifle, the spencer repeater, and the colt single-action army revolver. I think the most crucial out of those three is the spencer repeater. It was a big factor in the Civil War because it sped up the process of the war. It was much more modern than all the other guns at that time because of how many bullets it carried and because of how fast it reloaded.
In this short paper I will go over my thoughts on this week’s required reading. This week we read Chapter One of the FTA 215 text. In the beginning of chapter one we were introduced the AR-15 platform. The author stated that “A great deal of confusion and misunderstanding surround this firearm. Demonized as an assault rifle, many people incorrectly believe that the “AR” in AR-15 stands for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle,” when actually, it stands for “ArmaLite," the name of the company that initially developed the rifle.
This problem can be contributed to the increasing power of guns, and a lack of mental health coverage, gun control and school safety. When the 2nd amendment was established, the most complex guns we had were muskets, and we needed to defend ourselves from what we felt was tyranny; the American Revolution was still in the rearview mirror for all Americans to consider. Ever since those words were written, however, gun technology has dramatically increased – despite fully automatic weapons being banned from the public, bump stocks that simulate a fully automatic weapon can be purchased with relative ease. Most Americans feel we can do better when it comes to gun control; in a Washington Post article by Scott Clement and Emily Guskin, 77% polled said more effective mental health screening could have
In many places firing continued and in at least two of the attempted Truces soldiers were shot by opposing forces and of course it was only a truce, not peace. Hostilities returned in some places later that day and in others not until after New Year’s Day. As the War resumed, it wreaked such destruction and devastation that some soldiers became hardened to the brutality of the war. While there were occasional moments of peace throughout the rest of World War 1, they never again came on the scale of the Christmas Truce in 1914. The story of the Christmas Truce was not an example of chivalry in the depths of war but rather a tale of subversion.
In this weeks readings the author discusses the 5 guns that changed history. I agree with some of the weapons he has chosen but I believe there are a few others that should have made the list. I will start with the ones I agreed with. The Philadelphia Derringer defiantly changed history with the assassination of President Lincoln. The Philadelphia Derringer only held one shot and John Wilkes Booth effectively used the one shot.
It was called the Cold War because there was no fighting, just threats. The Korean War was never considered a War. “...it was one of the most bitterly fought conflicts in American Military History” says Don Lawson, Author of The United States in the Korean War. What the Korean War was was a fight between Communism and Democracy. In many ways this war was the most bitterly fought, not just because it was a war that lasted three years and we had new weapons but because for the first time more than 20 nations fought under the United Nation flag.
To conclude, I would prefer to be a soldier in World War II because the conditions were better, conscription was resolved and the Marshall Plan was created. The soldiers during World War II were able to carry out strategic plans, introduce powerful new weapons and learn new things about fighting in future battles. This war was the largest armed conflict in history, spanning the entire world. I would be very proud to be a soldier during World War
Its words are increasingly important to a modern American society presently involved in war, a society whose families take great pride in their fallen soldiers. Parallels can be discovered between modern soldiers’ struggles in Syria and the struggles of ancient brotherhoods like the three hundred who fought at Thermopylae. In the continuing war on terrorism, heroic courage, homeland security, and militaristic protection seem to be growing ideas; the fact of the matter is, these “modern” ideas have been present for centuries, stemming from the classical Spartans. The traditions of Spartan conformity, self-sacrifice, and commitment combined with twenty-five centuries of emulation of their classical values of duty, honor, and courage can be seen in in the minds of soldiers today. Modern soldiers need to selflessly
Antiaircraft Artillery: Unsung Heroes of World War II Throughout United States Army history, certain branches, units, and individuals have earned their rightful places in the spotlight. The Infantry, Field Artillery, Armor, and other Combat Arms Branches have fought valiantly and sacrificed greatly in countless theaters, thereby earning an impeccable reputation. However, Air Defense Artillery, in one form or another, has participated in every major war since 1812 and yet, still garners little respect or mentions in history books. Upon entering WWI, the branch, then called U.S. Army Antiaircraft Artillery (AAA), was somewhat haphazardly organized and lacked official doctrine or weapons. At the beginning of WWII, the AAA formally emerged as an organized group and played a pivotal role in the European and Pacific Theaters.
Although the American Civil War is normally seen as something that threatened to tear our great country apart, their are many great inventions and innovations that resulted from this time. Some of these advancements include railroads, the telegraph, long-range weapons, and the ancestor of all machine guns, the gatling gun. Many of these inventions went on to play a huge role in how the civil war played out. While others, such as the cotton gin, had minimal effect on the war, but a direct effect on both the men in service, and the people back home. Early war technology was seen as very dull, and ineffective.