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.
Reliable and fast rifle used well into World War 2.
Mauser Gewehr 98
Primary rifle of the Imperial German Army. Extremely accurate, but not suited for rapid fire.
American sidearm used extensively during the 20th Century.
Light machine gun used by both British and American infantry and aircraft in WW1.
Luger P08 Pistol
Famous German sidearm of World War 1 and 2.
Standard German machine gun for infantry and aircraft. Caused enormous casualties in trench warfare.
Close-range submachine gun used by German stormtroopers in 1918.
Vickers Machine Gun
Widely-deployed British machine gun, used extensively on the Western Front.
Winchester 1897 Trench Gun
So deadly at close range that the Germans tried in vain to get combat shotguns banned.
Browning Automatic Rifle
Light machine gun used by US forces in World War 1.
Mauser C96 Pistol
A 9mm version was made in WW1 to help fill the German army's demand for pistols.
Standard American rifle at the end of the war. Was still used by snipers in Vietnam.
The first flamethrower ever used in combat, and a mainstay of trench warfare.
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Iconic German "potato masher" stick grenade used in both World Wars.
joshjoshjack added browning m1917
a heavey machine gun used by the usa and made by john browning
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a large knife you attach to your rifle to make it like a spear during melee combat
American version of the standard British rifle. Used in mass quantities by US troops.
Standard Russian infantry rifle for both World War 1 and World War 2.
Madsen Light Machine Gun
Danish-made light machine gun used by both Allied and Entente forces.
French hand grenade used by Allied forces, and later by both sides in the Russian Civil War.
Webley Mk VI
Standard British service pistol during the World Wars.
joshjoshjack added T gewehr
a german anti tank rifle disigned after gewehr rifles
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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an older model of the lee enfiled used by england in ww1
Mark I Trench Knife
Combat knife that also had a brass knuckles hand guard and a skull-crushing bolt