Many people say that World War I was one of the bloodiest conflicts that the world had ever seen. There are many reasons why people think this and one of them is due to the innovations in military during the late 1800´s. The world powers had expected a short war, but that was not the case. The immediate cause of World War I was the assassination of archduke of Austria-Hungary, Franz Ferdinand. But this was not the only cause of the First World War.
These victorious militaristic ideas were fuelled by the fact that in the 19th century Europe had not had any large scale military defeat during most of the century. Nationalism also was apparent with Germans who had become unified and had believed that the prussians naval fleet would mean victory against Russia and France. The Russian Tsar believed that there citizens were protected by god and that there massive military force made them more powerful than smaller European countries. The French believed that their defenses on their eastern border made them very capable of protecting against the Germans. During the late 19th century Europe had expanded its military and commercial control while also avoiding major conflicts.
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.
This is because the fall of Hong Kong lead America into joining the war, ultimately aiding the Allies into winning the war, defeating both Germany and Japan. The input of America’s position made it possible for the Allies’ victory, even when they were tired out and about to lose; America gave the Allies new and fresh soldiers, and a new range of weapons, ranging from the air force, the navy, to artillery. The fall of Hong Kong also showed the cracks within the League of Nations that they had been trying to hide and put up a cover
It was designed to cause disorganisation in the enemy. Hitler’s army charged through the countryside, using strong fire such as jet planes, tanks, and artillery. The siege was successful and as blitzkrieg worked so well, Hitler decided to try it again. The next targets were Belgium and France. They repeated the storm on Poland by easily wiping out the Belgians.
In 1942, Dönitz had surprised the British by stating over the radio waves that Germany would be increased casualties. This had startled the British as most military leaders would never have publicly admitted that they were going to lose more men in the near future as it would decrease confidence in the German population and would signal to the Allies that Germany is in fact acknowledging that they knew that they were losing. However, this announcement helped balance the German people’s emotions after they have been bombarded with news of how well the German military was doing. However, this was more of a precursor to Germany further increasing the size of their U-boat fleet. As the Allies had repositioned their escorts to better support convoys in the west ,the Germans had increased their submarine fleet to over 300 U-boats produced, with 140 that were fully operational and 20 commissioned per month.
The Unpreventable Great War World War I was one of the most devastating and destructive events that occurred during history. It was inevitable to happen due to three main factors including, militarism, nationalism, and alliances between certain countries. However, there are other people who believe that World War I was not inevitable and could have been prevented through certain measures. This source describes that World War I could have been prevented if there were more stable and successful negotiations between countries. However, due to the lack of peaceful negotiations between certain countries, many conflicts arose because of desires to expand military and navels.
On top of that, the Colosseum was “a symbol of not only Roman strength and power but also violence”20 Many marvelling events were also held there. The Nazis had planned to build the Congress Hall with dimensions that surpassed that of the Colosseum. Given that the size and construct of the Colosseum had impressed many and managed to withstand the test of time and destruction, the Nazis had intended to create a building that would do the same, but at a larger scale to display their power and status. The Congress Hall was eventually not complete, ceasing construction in 1945 during the defeat of the Nazi Regime but it still remains to be the largest surviving building of the Nazi
One of the major ways US forces combatted the U-Boat was by the use of Convoys. The Convoy system is a very old technique that was first revived to great effect during World War I by the US and its allies (Fontenoy, “Convoy”). The convoy system worked by simply grouping together ships to protect one another from a threat as a few ships working together to fight off a threat is better than one lone ship fighting off this threat (Fontenoy, “Convoy”). Convoys worked specifically well on U-Boats because U-Boats were built for offense and not for defense and so a few well placed shots could sink a U-Boat which was easier to provide with a few ships than just one. The convoy system had to be brought out again during World War I and World War
Germans had allowed Hitlers’ party to be their government structure because Hitler had promised to solve their economic problems. He had used many effective strategies to do so such as brainwashing, telling people they were superior race, and using dictatorships. The Nazi Party could have been avoided if the politicians weren’t so concerned with losing, and thinking they could control Hitler, which is now know that they couldn’t. It’s important to study the Nazi power so we can stop the ideology that one race is superior and help prevent another massacre. Consequently, with all that’s been said it has become evident that in every case of totalitarianism there were wars or massacres that could may or may not have been easily avoided depending on the point of view.
Sonar helped to detect submarines. However, the Germans ushered in the long range warfare with the V-1 and V-2 rockets. But in the end it was the Allies that defeated the Axis. They bomb Germany into submission. But with the end of the war in Europe the United States still had to fight the Japanese in the
Ultimately, the speed of correspondence between Lincoln and his troops gave the Union an edge over the Confederacy because he was able to gain an overview of all the aspects of the war. Equally as important, new weapons bolstered the Union’s side of the war. Progressive developments in infantry warfare made the made war deadlier than ever because old military tactics were unable to keep up. Minié-balls, bullets made of soft lead that shattered on impact and caused more destruction than the old bullets. In addition, the new rifle was faster to load than muskets and had a range of up to 400 yards compared to the musket’s 80 yards with increased accuracy.
1. While most believe that the assassination of the Arch-Duke Francis Ferdinand was the sole event that caused the out break of World War I, there were many other underlying events that created the trouble between the major European powers. (section 25-1, Spielvogel). One of the major underlying causes was nationalism. While most thought that every nationality having their own nation-state would help people get along it did nothing but cause even more competition.