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TECHNOLOGY HAD A PROFOUND EFFECT ON THE GREAT WAR World War One was a great motivator in the rush for technology at the beginning of the century The nature and result of the first world war was largely determined by technology World War One was the first war to utilise air power in a major way It was also the first war in which the home front was a major concern because of the ability of air power to strike deep behind enemy lines and affect the civilian population causing declines in morale It was also the first war to include the use of biological weapons and weapons of mass destruction The First World War marked the end of an armed formation held in good stead since the very beginning of conflict and mankind the Cavalry The repeating rifle invented by the Americans during their civil war was first used in great numbers by both sides during the first world war caused the end of the Cavalry The repeating rifle was able to get off three or four volleys of fire against the charging Cavalry instead of just one volley like the flintlock The Repeating rifle when used in collaboration with the machine gun and sheltered firing positions such as the trench was a formidable defensive weapon Gas weapons were a horrific addition the WW1 arsenal They were deployed by manpacked pressurised cylinders or lobbed over enemy lines inside an artillery shell The weapon was indiscriminate and instead of killing the enemy it crippled it causing them widespread panic and causing its medical services to be choked up with the horrifically wounded Gas is indiscriminate in its deployment as it depends on wind conditions to place it The first case of gas use by the Entente powers was on September 25 1915 when the British tried to use chlorine gas on the Germans at Loos this resulted in tragedy when wind
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