The trench warfare taking place throughout the entirety of the first world war led to the creation of effective new weapons that were pioneered in the battlefields. Along with these new weapons there were also many improvements made of older weaponry.
One of the biggest aspects of trench warfare that motivated these advancements in weaponry was the deadlock between both sides. These new weapons were introduced in order to help break the deadlock and the goal of either side was to put themselves in front and give themselves an edge over their enemy.
Those weapons that were introduced were on many different scales, some were small-arms and personal weapon and some were on much larger scales.
Small-arms and personal weapons:
- At the beginning of the war the majority of soldiers only carried a rifle and bayonet as their form of weaponry
- As the war progressed the military began to equip their soldiers with a wider range of weapons to help them in trench warfare and battles
- In their small units of around 30 soldiers, there was a balance of the weaponry amount the soldiers so that the weaponry they had to offer varied.
- Some of the personal weapons that were introduced into trench warfare were: grenades, rifle grenades, mortars, and several types of machine-guns.
Knives and clubs:
- Weapons such as catapults, gives and clubs were used in many raids.
- 1915, the Canadians carried out many different assaults on their enemy’s trenches
- Those weapons were very effective in these raids because the combat and fighting that took place was at very close ranges, at these close ranges those weapons were more useful than others such as guns, etc.