How did World War I change the way in which wars are fought?

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World War I changed the ways wars are fought. In World War I, there were many new weapons that were introduced into combat. The Browning machine gun was used, which was a more powerful and more accurate weapon than had previously been seen in combat. Chlorine gas was a new...

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World War I changed the ways wars are fought. In World War I, there were many new weapons that were introduced into combat. The Browning machine gun was used, which was a more powerful and more accurate weapon than had previously been seen in combat. Chlorine gas was a new weapon that could harm people in a chemical manner. This led to the introduction of gas masks to help protect the soldiers that might be exposed to this form of chemical warfare.

New technologies were used in the air, on land, and on the seas. The use of the submarine changed the method of naval warfare. The submarine was designed to attack by surprise and to strike fear into the hearts of those people who were traveling by water, shipping products by sea, and serving in the navy. Convoys were used by the Allies to help combat the use of the submarines by the Germans. Airplanes were introduced in World War I, suggesting that they would have a much greater role in future wars. The use of tracer ammunition allowed a gunman in an airplane to see where his shots were going. Tanks were also introduced as a weapon in World War I. When World War I began, soldiers were using horses. Tanks, airplanes, and submarines were being dominantly used by the time World War I ended.

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