Weapons of World War I and World War II
Have you ever thought about the advances of war technologies between World War I and World War II? There are many big differences including the atomic bomb and the strategies used. Some of the major differences in technology and strategies are infantry, aviation, biological, and naval warfare.
One of the big differences in World War I and World War II is the infantry. In World War I troops in the infantry were outfitted with many things. It cost a total of $156.30 to outfit each troop with everything they would need to survive in France. Some of the main things the infantry would carry would be a springfield or a model 1917 rifle, a bayonet, one hundred cartridges, one steel helmet, one gas mask, one trench tool, one shelter tent, two flannel shirts, two pairs of extra shoe laces, one hat cord, four identification tags, three pairs of summer pantaloons, three pairs of winter pantaloons, three summer undershirts, four winter undershirts, one bed sack, canteen, cup, fork, and knife. (WWI draft Registration by Cheryl E. Belding) In World War II not many things had changed. They were issued many of the same clothing as in World War I. Besides that fact the weapons were more advanced, they still used the Springfield model 1903 but the specialized weapons were more accurate and devastating. A couple of the more devastating weapons were the M1 Garand, rocket launcher bazooka, US M3 grease gun, the Browning automatic rifle, the PIAT, and the Sten gun. These advances caused the death total to climb from an estimated 17 million total to 50-80 million. The strategies used by the infantries were also advanced between World War I and World War II. In World War I the biggest strategy used was trench warfare. When using trench warfare the entire fight would be a stalemate until they used some new kind of inventions. “To break the stalemate various methods and new weapons were tried; tremendous artillery barrages sought to devastate the enemy and blow a gap in the oppositions trenches; trench mortars, hand grenades, poison gas, and tanks were used,” (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition). With the invention and advancements of the tank in World War II made trenches obsolete to fight in because of their high caliber and lower caliber weapons. Some of the major tanks used in WWII were the M3 Grant, Lee, Stuart, the churchill, and the Panzer V Panther A. With this people could get past no mans land easier and cause those type of casualties to go down. In World War II the fighting was fought more out in the open and in towns causing more civilian deaths. One cool gadget designed in World War I that changed the world forever was the beam-sight pistol. When they brought the pistol up to fire the mercury inside a little chamber would flow to just the right way and complete the circuit to make the laser be complete. With this invention pistols and other weapons became deadlier to the opposition. (Yenne 1).