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The arms race before the war and the attempt to break the deadlock of the Western and Eastern Fronts by any means possible changed the face of battle in ways that would have previously been deemed unthinkable. Before 1914, flying machines were objects of public curiosity; the first flights of any account on rotor aircraft had been made less than 5 years before and were considered to be the province of daredevils and lunatics. By 1918, all the great powers were fielding squadrons of fighting aircraft armed with machine-guns and bombs, to say nothing of light reconnaissance planes. Tanks, a common feature on the battlefield by 1918, had not previously existed outside of the realm of science fiction stories written by authors like H.G. Wells. Machine guns had gone from being heavy, cumbersome pieces with elaborate water-cooling systems to single-man-portable, magazine-fed affairs like the Chauchat, the Lewis Gun, and the M1918 BAR. To these grim innovations were added flamethrowers, hand grenades, zeppelins, observation balloons, poison gas, and other improvements or inventions that revolutionized the face of warfare.
The Weapons of World War I analyzes the technological advancements in weaponry that produced the deadliest conflict in history up to that time.
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By petitbilbo on 04-25-16
A *very* brief introduction
This work is more a skimming over the major inventions in weapons during the first world war than a serious in depth look at these.
It may be useful for someone without any prior knowledge about WWI, but isn't interesting at all to people who have already read a book or two about this subject.
The performance is also under par: for the very fist time had I to use the function to slow down the pace of the reading (to 85-90%). Without this precaution, one gets the impression that the narrator has been paid by the number of words recorded per minute. A racehorse!