Weapons Of World War 1

Modern world histiory
On June 28, 1914 a tradgite occurred- Arch Duke Francis Ferdinand
of Austria was murdered. While in Sarajevo, the capital of the Bosnia an
assassin killed him for no aparent reason. The assassin was Gavrilo
Princip, a serb terrorist. Austria claimed that the serb government
officials also belonged to Princip's group. For years Serbia and Austria
had been unfriendly because Serbian patriots wanted to unite all Serbs into
a single nation. Serbs living in Austria would be effected by this
decision. Austria was strongly opposed to this.

Austria now decided to use the killing as an excuse to settle it's
tension with Serbia. They were backed by Germany. On July 23 ...

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formed the
rival Triple Entente Powers. Later called the Allies. The States sided
with Serbia and the Allies. Serbia's enemies were on the side of the
Central Powers.

The Industrial Revolution with its large, manufacturing ability,
massive assembly-line production , and expanded shiping distribution had
a powerful influence on the development of weapons. The navy was the first
to make use of the improved weapons. Breech loading firearms increased
firepower, and the invention of repeating hand gun, rifle, and early
machine gun increased the volume of small arms fire. Two completely new
weapons for the navy evolved. The underwater mine and the self-propelled

The naval mines were round or cylinder steel cases that contained
about 100 pounds or more of explosives and enough air to make them float.
They were anchored below the surface of the water by a mooring cable.
When mines were used for defense, they were usually staggered at different
depths to protect ...

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depth-setting gear. The engine drove the torpedo
through the water with two opposite rotating propellers. A gyro steering
device controlled the course of the torpedo with four external fin rudders.
Active acoustic torpedoes generated sound signals similar to sonar and
moved toward the echoes received from the target. Passive acoustic
torpedoes moved toward the underwater noise generated by the target ship
its self.

The submarine provided the ideal weapon platform for the torpedo.
Perfected during the war, and used in great numbers by Germany , the
submarine proved too slow to challenge naval vessels but was extremely
effective in attacking the slower merchant ships and convoys, ...

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