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Mike Rothschild
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World War 1 weapons run the gamut from bolt action rifles like the Gewehr 98 and Lee-Enfield to sophisticated machine guns like the Lewis Gun and pistols used well into the 20th Century, like the Colt 1911. The First World War involved a great modernizing of armies, weapons, and tactics, and as the very nature of war changed from offensive to static, so too did the weapons needed to fight that war.

Just as one example, in 1914, French soldiers went into battle wearing blue pants, red tops, and white gloves - the same uniforms used in the Napoleonic Wars a century earlier. Soldiers marched in tight formations, vulnerable to massed machine gun fire. And many of the weapons they were using had been made before the turn of the century. But within a few months, all of the armies of the war had modernized, becoming the modern killing machines that would fight for the next four years.

The weapons of the First World War needed to be sturdy, powerful, and cheap to make. And so millions of rifles, pistols, automatic rifles, and machine guns were produced, along with tens of millions of grenades, and quite likely over 100 million artillery shells. These weapons turned out to be so effective that they were used in mass quantities in World War 2 and beyond.

Vote up the most effective and iconic weapons of World War 1.
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Mauser Gewehr 98 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Mauser Gewehr 98 Primary rifle of the Imperial German Army. Extremely accurate, but not suited for rapid fire.

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Lee-Enfield Rifle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Lee-Enfield Rifle Reliable and fast rifle used well into World War 2.

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Luger P08 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Luger P08 Pistol Famous German sidearm of World War 1 and 2.

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M1911 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
M1911 Pistol American sidearm used extensively during the 20th Century.

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Lewis Gun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Lewis Gun Light machine gun used by both British and American infantry and aircraft in WW1.

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MP18 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
MP18 Close-range submachine gun used by German stormtroopers in 1918.

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Maschinengewehr 08 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Maschinengewehr 08 Standard German machine gun for infantry and aircraft. Caused enormous casualties in trench warfare.

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Mauser C96 Pistol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Mauser C96 Pistol A 9mm version was made in WW1 to help fill the German army's demand for pistols.

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Flammenwerfer M.16. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Flammenwerfer M.16. The first flamethrower ever used in combat, and a mainstay of trench warfare.

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M1903 Springfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
M1903 Springfield Standard American rifle at the end of the war. Was still used by snipers in Vietnam.

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Model 24 Stielhandgranate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Model 24 Stielhandgranate Iconic German "potato masher" stick grenade used in both World Wars.

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Browning Automatic Rifle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Browning Automatic Rifle Light machine gun used by US forces in World War 1.

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Vickers Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Vickers Machine Gun Widely-deployed British machine gun, used extensively on the Western Front.

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Winchester 1897 Trench Gun So deadly at close range that the Germans tried in vain to get combat shotguns banned.

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Madsen Light Machine Gun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Madsen Light Machine Gun Danish-made light machine gun used by both Allied and Entente forces.

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Mosin–Nagant M91 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Mosin–Nagant M91 Standard Russian infantry rifle for both World War 1 and World War 2.

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Webley Mk VI is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Webley Mk VI Standard British service pistol during the World Wars.

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M1917 Enfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
M1917 Enfield American version of the standard British rifle. Used in mass quantities by US troops.

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Schwarzlose MG is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Schwarzlose MG Standard Austro-Hungarian light machine gun.

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F1 Grenade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
F1 Grenade French hand grenade used by Allied forces, and later by both sides in the Russian Civil War.

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T gewehr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added T gewehr a german anti tank rifle disigned after gewehr rifles 

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Roth–Steyr M1907 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Roth–Steyr M1907 Automatic pistol used by Austria-Hungarian cavalry. First automatic pistol used by any major land power.

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browning auto 5 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added browning auto 5 a semi auto shot gun also made by john browning

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browning m1917 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added browning m1917 a heavey machine gun used by the usa and made by john browning

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frommer stop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added frommer stop a hungarian blow back pistol that with a 32acp bullet 

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bayonet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added bayonet a large knife you attach to your rifle to make it like a spear during melee combat

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Mark I Trench Knife Combat knife that also had a brass knuckles hand guard and a skull-crushing bolt

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remington model 10 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added remington model 10 a powerful pump action shotgun made in 1910

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Kukri is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added kukri a machete like weapon from nepal that was mostly used by the gutkha who were fighting for the british

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bowie knife is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added bowie knife a big knife made for survival and combat 

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beretta 1915 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added beretta 1915 an italian hand gun that would later inspire handguns of today

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m 1917 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added m 1917 a usa made revolver and the most powerful handgun of ww1

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Rast & Gasser M1898 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Rast & Gasser M1898 Standard revolver of the Austro-Hungarian army. Also used by Italy and Balkan states.

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trench club is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added trench club homemade blute weapons made by soulders when they where not given any melee weapons they would usally have nails droven in to the or barbed wire wraped around it 

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enfield mark 1 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added enfield mark 1 an older model of the lee enfiled used by england in ww1

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Beholla Pistol is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Beholla Pistol Secondary automatic pistol of the Imperial German army.

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rsc 1917 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added rsc 1917 a french semi auto rifle

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luger carbine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added luger carbine a model of the luger that had a long barrel and could be mounted with a stock

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molotov cocktail is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added molotov cocktail a homemade fire bomb that was used by the greeks and russians

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gewehr 1888 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added gewehr 1888 an older modle of the gewehr rifle

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hotchkiss 1914 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added hotchkiss 1914 an air cooled machine gun feed by 30 round belts

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cavalry saber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added cavalry saber swords that are used for the cavalry however they could be used on foot

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double barreled shotgun is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added double barreled shotgun used by russia in the ww1 and ww2. it was also uesd by the arabs 

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mondragon m1908 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added mondragon m1908 a semi auto rifle used by the germans althougth it has spanish origns 

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homemade knife is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added homemade knife like the treach club these would be a knifes made by a individual soilders when melee weapons where not provided to them

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janbiya is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added janbiya a knife used by arab rebels againest the ottomans's

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winchester 1895 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added winchester 1895 lever action rifle of ww1 used by russia

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smoke grenades is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added smoke grenades grenades made to blind the enemy with smoke

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reichsrevolver 1879 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added reichsrevolver 1879 a single action german revolver also one of the first german handguns

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pattern 14 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
joshjoshjack added pattern 14 a rifle used by the british that would later inspire the us m1917 rifle