Which new weapons were used in the war?

There were major developments in technology during World War One.

New weapons and machines changed the way war was fought forever.

Watch our video to find out more about the weapons and technology used in the war.

Which weapons were used?

The war was fought using a wide range of weapons, from personal guns like pistols and rifles, to larger weapons like machine guns.

Explore our interactive sketch book. Click on different weapons and items to find out more about them.

What are war machines?

The war was fought on land, sea and in the air.

New machines were being developed all the time to overcome the difficult conditions of battle.

A tank on a barren battlefield with soldiers in World War One

Tanks were created for travel across battlefields

They prevented soldiers from being caught by barbed wire or gunfire. Cars were unsuitable because they could not get across the muddy ground.

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What new technology was used?

It wasn’t only weapons and machinery which saw major developments.

New methods of photography, sound recording and ways to communicate changed the war too.

Kodak Vest Pocket Camera from World War One

Until 1916 taking photographs on the front line was banned

This was in case it helped the enemy to find out secrets. After 1916 official photographers took pictures and films for the army. Some new cameras were small enough for personal use.

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How were signals sent?

Signallers used various tools to transmit messages.

Click on the labels in the picture below to find out more.

A special electric Lucas lamp was also used to send messages via Morse code

But this was a problem. Anyone could see the light so the enemy could work out the message if they managed to crack the code.

How did technology change the world?

World War One was a time of fast change. Creative minds and great engineers worked together to develop new technology.

Some of these inventions became essential to life in the 20th Century.

Personal cameras, telephones and radios are used by people even today.

Sadly a lot of the new technology was focused only towards making more powerful, deadlier weapons to fight the war.

Mark I tank at the British Museum on 16 October 1919
Mark I tank at the British Museum, 16 October 1919.
A German Gotha bomber plane stationary on an airfield

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