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How did technology affect World War I and its outcome?

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World War I came at the time of massive technological advancement. Consequently, technological advances such as the heavy machine gun, long-range artillery, poison gas, airplanes, the armored tank, and the radio greatly impacted the outcome and course of the war. One issue that led to the stalemate and massive casualties, especially on the Western Front, was that military tactics had not kept up with this technology.

Many of the military tacticians and generals were eager to adopt these new technologies but did not understand how to effectively fight a war that involved them. Some were still...

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U-boats were a deciding factor of World War I. If the Germans did not introduce submarine warfare, then it is very probable that the Unites States would not have entered the war, and thus it is possible that the war would have ended in the Central Powers' favor. 

Another technology used was the telegram. This allowed for quicker communication for battle commands. Without them, the war would have been more unorganized and slower. 

Other technologies like the machine gun and artillery gun allowed for easier defense; poison gas, torpedoes etc. allowed for swifter offense.

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