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History in Action: Weapons of War
First World War
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First World War


  • To chart the development of weapons technology during the 1914-18 war
  • To examine the relative importance of different types of weapons technology and of innovations in that technology

Learning outcomes

These notes should help students to improve and develop their knowledge and understanding of such issues as:

  • The main types of weapons used in the 1914-18 war and how they were used
  • The reasons for, and the effectiveness of, innovations in weapons technology
  • The relative importance of the contribution of particular weapons to the war efforts