World War 1 was the first “Great War” in American history. It caused a major
advancement in American weaponry and technology. Also, it showed the axis powers the
strength and determination of our nation. World War 1 was triggered by the assassination
of Archduke Francis Ferdinand. It started in 1914 and ended in 1920. It was fought by
Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain, and the United States. The reason why World
War 1 was so devastating was because of secret alliances, the weapons that were used,
and how it was fought.
Secret alliances were the main reasons why World War 1 became a world war.
Alliances are agreements between nations that say that if a nation goes to war with
another nation, then the allied nations would have to help each other. This meant that if a
nation declared war on another nation, it might as well be declaring war on many nations.
One of the bigger alliances was between Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungry. The
alliance said that if they would all attack Russia if any of them were attacked by Russia.
This meant that when Russia went to war with Germany, it was going to war
with Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungry. The alliances had the effect of when Austria-
Hungry attacked Serbia, Serbia sided with Russia. Then Russia gained the support of
France. Later, Germany declared war on Russia and France. On it’s way to France,
Germany attacked Belgium. This caused Great Britain to declare war on Germany
This showed that the alliances caused a war to spread over many nations very quickly,
causing a devastating effect. After World War 1 started, many new and improved
weapons started flowing into battle.
The devastating weaponry of World War 1 made it a slow and bloody war.
Artillery was the best way to hit enemy infantry that were in trenches . This
meant that artillery was often used in World War 1. Machine guns were also used. They
were mainly used for stopping...
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