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Weapons of World War I – Part Two. Were some weapons considered unethical during WW I?. #6 Trench Mortars & Artillery Cannons. Used by both sides, a mortar is a short, wide tube that fires a missile/bomb from a steep angle that falls straight down on target

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Weapons of world war i part two

Weapons of World War I – Part Two

Were some weapons considered unethical during WW I?


6 trench mortars artillery cannons

#6 Trench Mortars & Artillery Cannons

  • Used by both sides, a mortar is a short, wide tube that fires a missile/bomb from a steep angle that falls straight down on target

  • Advantage: could be fired from inside trench

  • Disadvantage: hard to aim, unpredictable

  • Artillery cannons were large guns used for shelling (bombing)

  • Advantage: big fire power

  • Disadvantage: despite wheels, hard to move & maneuver


7 grenade launchers

#7 Grenade Launchers

  • Advantage: launched grenades further than a person could throw

  • Developed by the French, at first, they were sort of like a sling shot

  • Later, they could be fired out of an air rifle

  • Disadvantage: dangerous for user if grenade falls off or gets stuck


8 the flame thrower

# 8 The Flame Thrower

  • Developed by the Germans but used later by British & French

  • Spreads fire by launching burning fuel

  • Advantage: could easily destroylarge amounts of territory

  • Disadvantage: unethical to burn people alive,dangerous for the user (fuel cylinder on back)


9 poison gas

#9 Poison Gas

  • Advantage: fairly undetectable, enemy doesn’t see it coming

  • French first to used tear gas to disable an enemy

  • Later, Germans develop mustard gas & ammonia based poison gas

  • Allies started using it when Germans used it

  • Disadvantage: seen as a very unethical weapon causing blindness, choking, blisters, death, banned after WW I


Weapons of world war i part two

Country

Total KIAs

Gas Deaths

Austria-Hungary

1.2 million

3,000

British Empire

908,371

8,109

France

1.4 million

8,000

Germany

1.8 million

9,000

Italy

650,000

4,627

Russia

1.7 million

56,000

USA

116,708

1,462

Ottoman Empire

800,000

1,000

  • Nearly 90K of the 9.7 million killed-in-action were due to poison gas

Question: Who suffered the most from poison gas and why?


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