The tactic was based on Alfred von Schlieffen’s ‘Schlieffen Plan’ – this was a doctrine formed during WWI that focused on quick military victory. It was later developed in Germany by an army officer called Heinz Guderian who looked at new technologies, namely dive bombers and light tanks, to improve the German army’s
German understanding of the operational environment, taking into account the lessons learned from previous wars and their willingness to learn and adapt has lead them in development of Blitzkrieg as the ultimate weapon of the German army. The full potential of the Blitzkrieg was hampered by technology and logistical limitations; however, it reached the peak in contemporary combined arms warfare. The concept of achieving fast victory was not a new idea in the military culture, it was a concept that every leader during the wartime was striving to achieve. Unfortunately, this concept was hindered due to the technological limitations. At the beginning of the 20th century, the technology was rapidly developing, as a result it set the conditions for achieving a quick and decisive victory.
Therefore, an analysis of the characteristics of Napoleonic conflicts and the American civil war shows that the later is more similar to the modern conflicts than it resembled the Napoleonic conflicts. Military technology During the American civil war, there was an explosion in military technology. The railroad system was used to transport men and supplies in military operations. This meant that soldiers could be transported to the battlefield more easily
Some researchers believe that this is particularly true for the industrialized countries with their powerful military machine. At one time, to refer to the integration of military and economic development in the conditions of modern warfare, President Eisenhower used the term military-industrial complex. Originally, the term originated in connection with attempts to ensure the systematic application of science and technology in military production. Later, however, Eisenhower began to perceive the development of the military-industrial ties as something rather disturbing, fearing that the power of the military-industrial complex has acquired such proportions that the most important decisions in the field of social and political life were out of the activities of politicians (Hunt, Colander, 2010). Many subsequent authors have argued that as a result of the Cold War (the period of hostile relations between the US and the USSR in 1950-60-ies, which led to the arms build-up by both parties) reached a particular span the United States and the Soviet Union's military-industrial complex.
The American military believed that it would be necessary for them to invade northwestern Europe in 1942 so they could take the heat off of the Soviets.But they had a preferred date in mind it was the spring of 1943, the American ground forces would more ready for anything that would come their way, they trained and equipped to fight the Wehrmacht on the European continent. There were many difficulties that the operation had brought they had believed that American's intelligence and strategies and resources could solve the
I personally follow that believe. World War 1 is famous for various things, one of them being the improvements in technology presented in this war. These new technologies that were used in times of war range from weaponry and heavy artillery, through war vehicles to upgrades in communication between troops. As many people would agree on, the biggest game changer in technology is the machinegun, as this powerful work of art managed to single handedly change the layout of war, and introduced trench warfare as necessary tactic in World War 1. The machine gun would fire out 600 rounds per minute.
How World War 1 affected the development of technology War and conflict tend to accelerate invention and innovation. During the World War 1, there was a significant illustration and application of technical skills regarding warfare technology. Some of the distinct activities recognized include the technical and massive production of weapons and the application of industrialization in exploring large machinery to be used in the war. According to research, the technological trend of applying science in producing weapons started way back during the American civil war where the American strategists and soldiers tested newly manufactured weapons in the events of smaller conflicts. Many analysts liken the military science used in the early days of World War 1 to the 20th-century technology.
The development of communication also helped the British to seek out the position of enemy guns as the ability to quickly communicate to a runner was very important as it meant they could calculate what their side needed to do to hit the enemy guns accurately and with great force. These developments made artillery more effective from then on and this was put into practise in the Second World War and made artillery a much more effective weapon of destruction. With its new developments it could shoot at enemy guns with accuracy, surprise and severe force, enough to neutralise them. This meant that enemies hidden in trenches were exposed to the constant fire from the other side, sometimes several rounds per minute potentially lasting for hours, destroying lines of trenches and injuring hundreds. Artillery barrages were also a development of the war used in infantry battle, immerging from their new ability to fire quickly and accurately, artillery could be used to create distractions from the area of attack, so that British infantry, cavalry and tanks could advance at a reduced
This is significant to the start of World War 1 because the alliance that were created cause tensions to rise in Europe but it also caused the chances of a World war to highly increase. For example, before the alliances were created Germany had problems with France and Britain, and Austria- Hungary had issues with Russia. Even though their problems were pushed to the side if any of this problem occurred again or if any new one were created it would cause everyone to get involved because they had to support their allies
Before laser or radar guided munitions, the B-52 had to use carpet-bombing (dropping bombs over a straight-line that the aircraft could fly over) techniques to destroy targeted areas. Bombers were not the only aircraft raining bombs. The introduction of the newest fighter jet came with the F-4 Phantom. Capable of providing air support for both ground and air units. Once equipped, the fighter-bomber could deliver munitions to repel or destroy enemy forces and protect itself while on mission.
German tank divisions managed to strike violently and push American forces back onto their American territory. They managed to do this by coming through weak spots on American defenses. On this same day there were also reinforcements sent by airdrops. The point was to strengthen the forces. Due to the successful reinforcements, Allied planes were able to attack German tanks.
The aircraft of WW2 were now heavily armed. The German aircraft would be fitted with two 7.62mm guns in the cowling and two 20mm cannons in the wings. The 20mm cannon’s shells were exploding rounds, designed to be as destructive as possible against the new all metal aircraft. Some notable aircraft from 1942-43, fitted with newer more powerful engines and designed with the latest aerodynamic date, were the German Focke-Wulf, U.S. Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, Gruman F6F Hellcat, and the North American P-51 Mustang. By the wars end both radial and piston engines were at their peak potential.
Each cause well be defined, and shown as a Long-Term or Short-Term cause. Militarism- Militarism was a Long-Term cause of WWI; Due to the length of time it takes to build its military to the strength necessary to wage a major war. Alliances- Alliances are seen as a Long-Term cause of WWI. Due to the secret alliances created by between two nations, who have secretly agreed to help one another. *(These Alliances take time to develop; thus, they are Long-Term