The Advances of Weaponry During World War II
In every war fought throughout the history of mankind, the dependence on weapons was highly sought after. From swords to guns, weaponry has progressed throughout the ages with each war fought. No other war has seen more advances in weaponry than World War II. Many of those advances made this war focused on artillery, land vehicles, naval ships and aircraft. These advances, although beneficial, have also led to more bloodshed on the battlefield because they can do a lot more damage than their previous versions. Understanding these advances helped the Allied Powers win over the Axis in many battles, but both sides contributed many advances in weaponry.
One of the biggest contributions that World War II brought in terms of weaponry was artillery. On both the Allied and the Axis powers, most of the advancements made were made by refining previous concepts from World War I. Most artillery weapons went through a few improvements such as reliability, better barrels to increase speed and accuracy, and useful raw material for the guns and bullets. The most notable example and the gun that had the biggest impact was the machine gun, whose full potential was utilized in World War II. During World War I, machine guns had less portability and were installed onto motor vehicles. During the follow up to World War II, advances to the machine gun provided more portability and much larger caliber compared to their counterparts. ("History Learning Site") Rifles also played a huge part as artillery during World War II, but its design and features were similar to those of World War I and only got a few minor, albeit useful, improvements. These improvements made to rifles included auto loading and continuous single shot which made it easier for foot soldiers to use.
The next major improvement made to weaponry during World War II would be land vehicles. Tanks were the main vehicles used during both world wars. Prior to this war,...
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