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Old June 15th, 2006, 11:16 AM   #1

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what weapon had the greatest impact on warfare?


what weapon had the greatest impact on warfare? Humans went from sticks to knives? The invention of the bow and arrow? The gun? cannons? machine guns? bombs?

there are so many weapons out there spread over thousands of years. What weapon invention changed the way were were fought. Be creative with your answer. Don't just say nukes.
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Probably guns and gunpowder. This led to all sorts of developments which did away with the idea of forms of armor for many years (though there were attempts). Suddenly you could do more damage to individuals as well as fortifications and rendered most defenses of the time obsolete. Tactics really started changing quickly from there IMHO.
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Probably guns and gunpowder. This led to all sorts of developments which did away with the idea of forms of armor for many years (though there were attempts). Suddenly you could do more damage to individuals as well as fortifications and rendered most defenses of the time obsolete. Tactics really started changing quickly from there IMHO.
Do these tactics include standing in line formations and taking turns at shooting each other. Single loaded muskets and rifles did change the way wars were fought... but the tactics were still awful. Everyone just stand in a line and shoot, then wait to get shot at.

In terms of hunting and warfare, I really like how the bow and arrow changed things. You could now attack from a distance with accuracy. And let's not forget fire arrows that lit up the skies!
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Old June 15th, 2006, 03:58 PM   #4

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For me I believe the machine gun had the greatest effects on the outcomes of many new age wars and the death tolls.

As soon as the machine gun came into play death tolls took a rise and there was more destruction.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 09:29 AM   #5
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Gun poweder, hands down.
Without it, wars would have never evolved and not nearly as much damage could be accomplished.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 05:41 PM   #6
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Human hands would be the one.
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Old June 17th, 2006, 02:36 PM   #7
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While not really a weapon on its own, I would have to say Gunpowder. With it began the usage of cannons and guns, which carries right through to the modern day with machine guns and shells.
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This choice may be fairly simple and premature, but I'll go with the nuclear weapon. It fundamentally altered human conceptions about war. Along with other events in World War II, the two bombs over Japan played a critical role in pretty much ending global militarism among significant world powers.
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Biological weapons will play a huge role in the way wars are fought. You can spray disease on people without them knowing. You can poison water or food and have it spread across a nation. Viruses could be the worst form of weaponry if there was no cure.
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what weapon had the greatest impact on warfare? Humans went from sticks to knives? The invention of the bow and arrow? The gun? cannons? machine guns? bombs?

there are so many weapons out there spread over thousands of years. What weapon invention changed the way were were fought. Be creative with your answer. Don't just say nukes.
guns.... then the airplane... then bombs
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