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Weapons of WWI OFFENSIVEVSDEFENSIVE Offensive Weapons 1. Repeating rifle2. Artillery 3. Chemical weapons 4.Bayonets5. Airplanes 6. Tanks (eventually)

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2 Weapons of WWI OFFENSIVEVSDEFENSIVE

3 Offensive Weapons 1. Repeating rifle2. Artillery 3. Chemical weapons 4.Bayonets5. Airplanes 6. Tanks (eventually)

4 Defensive Weapons 1. Machine gun 2. Barbed wire 3. Trenches 4. Repeating rifle

5 WW I TACTICS TACTICS

6 The Civil War Tactics 1. A lot of soldiers charging the enemy who is behind a fixed position 2. Muskets took minutes to load 3.Muskets were very inaccurate (5 football fields: beginning; 1 by end)

7 WW I Tactics 1. A lot of soldiers charging the enemy who is in a trench 2. The repeating rifle made shooting faster 3. The machine gun made shooting even faster than that 4. Artillery was believed to be able win the war

8 SOME NUMBERS 1. 90% of soldiers that were killed were killed by machine guns 2. 1 man in a trench with a repeating rifle = 10 men outside the trench 3. U.S. loses 50,000 in 6 months of fighting in WWI 4. U.S. loses 50,000 in 7 YEARS of fighting in Vietnam

9 Chemical Warfare FIRST USED: April 22, 1915 First Battle of Ypres (chlorine gas)

10 CHRONOLOGY To break the stalemate, the Germans use chlorine gas at the battle of Ypres The British try to retaliate, but the wind blows the gas back in their direction

11 End Results 1.Defensive Weapons made the war last longer: harder to push through the enemy (Stalemate!) 2.Weapon technology had improved, the tactics did not 3.The horrors of this war will make many people afraid to get involved in another quick and easy war again (WW II)


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