World War One Weapon Facts

WW1 Heavy Artillery
Heavy Artillery used in WW1

Introduction - World War One Weapons

Fighting in the trenches of WW1 was a living hell but on April 22, 1915 it became even worse for thousands of French troops engaged in the Second Battle of Ypres in Western Belgium. Peering out across no-man's land they notice a low hanging greenish-yellow cloud heading directly for them. What they are seeing is the first use of poison gas on the Western Front, unleashed on them by the German enemy, it's going to kill thousands of these poor French warriors. Poison gas is just one of the many new weapons developed during WW1. On this page we list facts about many of the weapons invented and used during World War One. On this page you will also find links to interesting information about many of these deadly weapons. Hopefully both kids and adults will find this information useful.

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When discussing World War One weapon facts it is important to mention that most of the new weapons developed and improvements on existing weapons during this war were designed for breaking the stalemate of trench warfare that the war turned into. This was a situation where the opposing lines were separated by open and often short distances, called no-man's land that neither side could cross without being wiped out by the other side. For example the tank was developed for safely crossing no-man's land and then attacking the enemy. Whereas poison gas and flamethrowers were developed to wipe out or weaken the enemy so that a successful attack across the open area could be accomplished.

List of Most Common World War One Weapons

List of Other World War One Weapons