FC: World War One Project By: Salima Bates
1: Bayonets: Bayonets were made in Bayonne France in the early 17th century. A bayonet is a blade attached to the barrel part of a rifle. It was specifically developed as a refinement of German brutality for use in close combat. Bayonets were used traditionally by the colonial powers, (like France and Britain) in combat against lesser well-armed armies. | Here we have a picture of a bayonet.
2: Grenades: Grenades are little hand-held bombs that were used in the first World War. In 1904, the German army noticed the grenade while the Russo-Japanese War was in affect. The soldiers fighting in the war would be expected to go down to the opposing army and throw grenades in their dugouts. There were also grenades that had a timed fuse. Soldiers liked this grenade better because they had the option of choosing when the grenade went off, versus the grenade going off at an unwanted time and killing them. | Here we have picture of a grenade.
3: Poison Gas: The Germans wanted to create a liquid weapon that would release a strong vapor in the air and weaken or kill their opponents so they'd have an easier defeat against them. They came up with a tear gas which wasn't successful because the vapors weren't strong enough. This lead to the invention of poison gas which they made with chlorine. This gas instantly killed whoever inhaled it by destroying their respiratory organs and causing them to choke to death. In order to not be affected by this gas, you would have to wear a special kind of mask made to protect you from inhaling the chemicals. | To the left is a picture of soldiers wearing a mask so they weren't exposed to the harmful chemicals of the poison gas.
4: Flamethrowers: Flamethrowers were mechanical devices that shot of streams of fire. This was used in the war to blow up the soldiers enemies and their territory. There were two different kinds of flamethrowers: the Kleinflammenwerfer and the Grossflammenwerfer. The Kleinflammenwerfer was light and easy for the soldiers to carry around. It could shoot out up to 18 meters of fire. The Grossflammenwerfer however, was not as portable as the other one, but since it was bigger, it was able to release fire further than the other. | Here is a picture of a flamethrower.
5: Pistols: Pistols were traditionally issued to officers of all armies,military police, airmen and tank operators. Officers were the main people to have a pistol because people thought it should just be an officers weapon. They gave them to soldiers too so they could use them for close combat. Since the pistols was small, it was easier to use inside of a tank or an aircraft. | Here is a picture of a pistol.