World War I – Changes in Warfare. Changing Warfare. Changes in technologies, tactics, and weaponry Communication achieved through telephone, Morse Code, radios, and carrier pigeons. Carrier pigeons placed in a gas protection box. Scorched Earth.
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World War I – Changes in Warfare
Carrier pigeons placed in a gas protection box
Ruins of a French town after German troops retreated through it, 1918
German spy Mata Hari
British nurse and heroine Edith Cavell
German bombing raid on British camp, 1915
Baron Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen (the Red Baron)
German sailors load a torpedo on a U-boat
German U-boat and a sinking English steamer
Torpedoing of the Lusitania
British troops with machine guns
Howitzer left by retreating German army in France
A German dispatch rider wearing a gas mask, 1917
French troops using flamethrowers
British tank in action
French tanks, Americans support French troops
German soldiers set up a radio on the Western Front
Behind the scenes of a film in Austria, 1918
British trench soldiers in France wait to attack
The British government wanted to encourage men to enlist for war.
They said the war would be safe, hardly any fighting, a good lark and over by Christmas.
They used advertising posters to encourage this idea!
A picture of soldiers going
‘Over the Top’
The reality of ‘going over the top’ was very different!
How the uniform and equipment changed after just three weeks in the trenches…
No smiling and relaxed faces…
No clean uniforms…
Their equipment is scattered everywhere…
Boredom and sleep are obvious…
The soldiers had very little decent food, and what food they had was often attacked by rats.
These rats were the size of small rabbits and badgers because they had fed on the decomposing bodies of dead soldiers.
Lice were also a common nuisance and disease was rampant.
Posters always showed men ready and willing to fight.
They never showed the boredom of the trenches or actual fighting taking place.
Why do you think the government showed no fighting?