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How did technology affect  the way the war fought?WWI

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metafora | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 16, 2010 at 10:50 AM via web

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How did technology affect  the way the war fought?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 16, 2010 at 10:56 AM (Answer #1)

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Technology affected the way that World War I was fought because it pretty much caused the infamous trench warfare to happen.

The machine gun, especially, made it very easy for defenders to kill large numbers of soldiers who were attacking them.  As long as the defenders were dug in, the machine guns could slaughter advancing soldiers.  At this time, there was nothing that could really allow the offense to maneuver easily around dug in defenses.

So, the machine gun caused defensive, trench warfare to be necessary.  Sadly, the generals still tried to launch attacks and that is why so many people were killed in this war.

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted March 16, 2010 at 11:03 AM (Answer #2)

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Technology greatly affected the way in which wars were fought, especially in World War I. The inventions of the repeating machine gun, the development of poison gas, and the introduction of the first tanks caused armies to fight using the bunkering method. This allowed men to huddle in trenches along what are called skirmish lines and throw, lob, and fire by other means weapons to cause damage while men were protected by about 4 to 5 feet deep earth. This caused men to fight in rear or echelon columns behind tanks can basically caued defensive fighting tactics resulting in drawn out protracted battles. 

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