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How did machine guns affect defensive tactics in World War 1?


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December 01, 2010 12:58AM

very well. :) they were easy and they "mowed" down enemy

Um I think I can give a more detailed answer. Because of the machine guns, soldiers were not able to dodge bullets. Consequently this led to them doing the only thing they could do- dig down and dig trenches. This led to the infamous trench warfare where more men died from disease than from battle. From trench warfare new deadly gases (like tear gas etc...) were developed in order to kill the men in the trenches.

Actually rifles already had that affect on the war but machine guns helped the cause a lot. They would kill more people and it would take less time.