German World War I weapons



  • Which weapon could best helped Germany?


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    Rolling Barrage Tactics,

    Or a vastly superior Airplane.


  • 2017 2016 2015

    keeping america neutral


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016

    Tanks, lots of Tanks!!…



  • @barney:

    keeping america neutral

    Bingo!

    but from the options I chose tank



  • Germany in WWI had a huge need for a mobile machine gun. The 140 lb MG 08 was not friendly to troop movements. The Germans stripped down the MG 08 in 1918 in preparation of breaking the Western Front and could only reduce it to 80 to 100lbs.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    I’d say self-propelled artillery.  On both sides, breakthroughs tended to grind to a halt once the advancing troops got beyond the range of their artillery support.


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    Artillery mounted tactical nukes, AR-15’s and Helicopters.



  • @Gargantua:

    Artillery mounted tactical nukes, AR-15’s and Helicopters.

    Gar, you always think of the best things!  😄



  • @Clyde85:

    @barney:

    keeping america neutral

    Bingo!

    but from the options I chose tank

    The British blockade of the North Sea had Germany in position of starvation. Surrender or apply pressure to England to end the war.



  • If Germany had more soldiers and a better ally they would have won. They inflicted nearly 3 times the casualties on the allies. If they would have had more troops they would have been able to defeat France sooner ending the war. German artillery was vastly superior to anything the allies had. If any of you guys have the chance read Myth of the Great War by Mosier. It is awesome and a real eye opener.



  • @GoSanchez6:

    If Germany had more soldiers and a better ally they would have won. They inflicted nearly 3 times the casualties on the allies. If they would have had more troops they would have been able to defeat France sooner ending the war. German artillery was vastly superior to anything the allies had. If any of you guys have the chance read Myth of the Great War by Mosier. It is awesome and a real eye opener.

    Germany held the western Allies in check, while dealing the Russians defeat after defeat, all the while keep two dead allies in the War. And the Kaiser’s armies also captured Serbia and Romania. The Kaiser had a much better chance of victory than Hitler ever did.


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    What about an independantly targetting particle beam phalanx?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHYGgOXww48

    VWHAP! Fry half a city with that puppy…

    Phase Plasma Pulse Rifles? RPG’s?  Sharp Sticks? Foul Language? 😄


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    @ABWorsham:

    The Kaiser had a much better chance of victory than Hitler ever did.

    On the other hand, note that Hitler managed to defeat France in six weeks, something which the Kaiser failed to do in four years, and that he accomplished this at a cost in German casualties (I think it was about 60,000 dead) that looks trivial compared to the number of troops who were killed during various major WWI battles.


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    Yea but the Kaiser also defeated Russia… whilst still at war with France.

    I’m sure hitler would have accepted that in Trade. 😛


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @Gargantua:

    Yea but the Kaiser also defeated Russia… whilst still at war with France. I’m sure hitler would have accepted that in Trade.

    I’m sure he would have taken that trade too, though the irony is that part of the credit for Kaiser Wilhelm’s victory in Russia goes to the Bolsheviks who overthrew the Tsar and made peace with Germany.  As I recall, Germany even helped them do this by allowing Lenin to travel by train through Germany (from Switzerland to Russia) during the February 1917 Revolution.


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    LOL… That is Irony…

    Also, didn’t the Czasrists let the Communists and criminals out of jail to fight the Germans?  To then only have them of course turn coat?


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    @Gargantua:

    Also, didn’t the Czasrists let the Communists and criminals out of jail to fight the Germans?  To then only have them of course turn coat?

    I hadn’t heard that one.  It’s certainly possible because the pressures of war can make governments do strange things.  When Germany invaded the USSR in 1941, Stalin’s government basically flung open the doors of the churches (after years of anti-clericalism) and happily allowed people to draw divine inspiration for their struggle against the Fascist hordes.  You can see an example in Frank Capra’s film “The Battle of Russia” (a movie which Stalin very much liked), which at one point shows a service in a Russian Orthodox church while the narrator talks about “men of God praying for victory” and a title card quotes Sergius, who was elected Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia in 1943 with Stalin’s, um, blessings.



  • @CWO:

    @Gargantua:

    Yea but the Kaiser also defeated Russia… whilst still at war with France. I’m sure hitler would have accepted that in Trade.

    I’m sure he would have taken that trade too, though the irony is that part of the credit for Kaiser Wilhelm’s victory in Russia goes to the Bolsheviks who overthrew the Tsar and made peace with Germany.  As I recall, Germany even helped them do this by allowing Lenin to travel by train through Germany (from Switzerland to Russia) during the February 1917 Revolution.Â

    Lennin had no choice, by 1917, in resisting the Germans. He had to sign a peace treaty, giving up the ‘bread basket’ of the Russian Empire. Had he not, the German Army would marched into St. Petersburg and Moscow and got a much bigger piece of the Empire.

    John Keegan, in The First World War suggested that the large amount of land the Germans took from Russia save the Allies the following year. The Germans had to leave such a vast amount of men in the East to police and gather material. Had the Germans added these hundreds of thousands of men into the storm that they were to unleash on the British Fifth Army the Allies may have sued for peace.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '13 Moderator

    Thanks Worsham and others. WW1 not in my military history knowledge, so have been following you all without commenting. I had understood the Germans’ 1918 offensive nearly worked. I think the US’ arrival on the Western Front, therefore, probably tipped the balance against them.


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    @wittman:

    Thanks Worsham and others. WW1 not in my military history knowledge, so have been following you all without commenting. I had understood the Germans’ 1918 offensive nearly worked. I think the US’ arrival on the Western Front, therefore, probably tipped the balance against them.

    That plus the fact that, by 1918, four years of Allied blockade had resulted in widespread hunger in the German Army and the German population at large.  As one example: when the Germans introduced their successful infiltration tactics late in the war, advancing German infantry who captured Allied lines would sometimes halt their attack in order to stop and eat when they got to the Allied supply dumps.  Allied superiority in armour also had some effect (bearing in mind that tank technology was still primitive), and Allied planning for 1919 – had the war not yet ended – included ideas for the use of armour closely supported by aircraft…a forerunner of Blitzkrieg tactics.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '13 Moderator

    Ironic how we have all tried to starve England with a  convoy strategy and it was the Allies who did it to Germany in WW1.



  • It’s widely thought that Germany’s conquest of Romania is all that kept the German Army and People from complete starvation. Germany brought by train between 300 and 400 million tons of grain occupied Romania.

    Germany also had a few long range U-Boats that went to the U.S to get precious supplies. In the early years of the war, the U-Boats were welcomed as heros.


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