History of War

IN THE 20TH CENTURY

 

World War I: Technological Advances

World War I Statistics

Total World War I military deaths: 8,539,804 to 10,822,343

Total World War I civilian deaths due to military activity: 2,235,457

Total World War I civilian deaths due to war-related famine and disease: 4,661,000 to 5,350,000

Total Entente Power deaths: 11,599,706 to 12,805,841

Total Central Power deaths: 6,997,920 to 8,341,264

Total deaths: 15,436,261 to 18,407,800

Air Traffic Control

Air traffic controlThe high level of coordination required between pilots and command during World War I led to the innovation of radio frequency-transmitted air traffic control technology that is commonplace today. To fix the initial problem of engine motors creating too much background noise, helmets with radio devices and microphones installed into them were put into production. The advanced logistics of air travel that we see today had their beginnings in World War I aviation coordination.

 

Canning Technology

Due to the high demand for cheap meals with long shelf/storing life to feed mass numbers of soldiers, canning technology absolutely took off during World War I. Assembly lines back home started producing more than simply canned corned beef and starting packing complete meals into aluminum cans that soldiers would never have to worry about going rancid.

 

Prosthetic leg

Canned food

 

Prosthetics

Since World War I was the first time in human history that artillery was used on a mass scale, the number of veterans with lost limbs that still survived was startling. With the demand for prosthetic limbs at an all-time high, the development of prosthetics in the medical science field took off as a result.

Stainless steel

 

Stainless steel

Stainless steel was developed in Britain originally as an attempt to find a harder alloy for the barrels of rifles, since traditional metals rusted and distorted easily with repeated firing and poor weather conditions.