Cannons By Maha Yahya

Cannons are very old. The first cannon was invented in 1346. However, the cannons of World War I were a great improvement which changed warfare forever.
First, cannons became long-ranged and higher ordinance. Did they use cannon balls in World War 1? No! The armies did not use cannon balls. By that time the cannons were rifled. This means they cut spiral grooves into the inside of the barrel. That allowed for more accurate fire. They also used rounds with a more aerodynamic design, with a point. That was important because the shells went farther and faster. According to The Story of Modern Weapons and Warfare, from1914-1918, long range artillery was developed.
Then, World War I cannons effect soldiers. One of the saddest facts about World War I is that millions died needlessly because military and civilian leaders were slow to adapt their old-fashioned strategies and tactics to the new weapons of 1914 Second, the protection for people shooting cannons in World War 1 was better than before. The men had a shield that covered and protected their body from the front, but on the back they didn’t have anything to protect themselves. Then after that, they made a “turret,” a little house at the back of the cannons to protect the men that were shooting the cannons from the back and side. Because the men more protection, so they can work with cannons more to defend their side from the enemy. According to one website, “The power of defensive weapons made winning the war on the western front all but impossible for either side.”
Citations:

WWI how does world war I change warfare .NCPedia, http://ncpedia .org/wwi-cannons.
Fowler , Will. The Story of Modern Weapons and Warfare . New York: Rosen central, 2012 print.

 

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