What weapon changed the face of warfare? - Page 3

July 11th, 2004  
its ur call.............
July 12th, 2004  
Mark Conley

Topic: Re: m4

Originally Posted by No MERCY
I think the machine gun was the greatest invention in modern combat! It lead to many if our American victories. I helped in close and long range warfare. It was the best.
To all the guys that know me srry i've been away so lomg. I went to go mature and learn some things. Thanx.

glad to see you back. notice the spellchecker button to the bottom right of the edit box when you are typing? it works.

July 14th, 2004  
Sgt Lou
The greatest evolution that mankind ever made was the evolution from bows and arrows to the use of gunpowder. . .

so I suppose gunpowder and the cannon would have to be my answer
July 23rd, 2004  
In my opinion self-guided missiles (like the towahak, etc.) made the greatest change in modern warfare as you don't have to risk your life anymore like the bomber-crews did in WWII.
August 4th, 2004  
The face of warfare is constantly changing. The basic see-saw is between Cavalry and Artillery on one side -- armaments that require large, central authorities to purchase (armored knights, chariots, seige engines, tanks, missiles, bombers, etc.), and Infantry on the other -- armaments that are more "democratic", that can be purchased and employed by "yeomen" (longbows, rifles, swords, RPGs, etc.).

Between Crecy and WWI, Infantry, armed with the longbow, then the rifle, dominated the battlefield. Since WWI, Cavalry and Artillery (bombers and missiles are essentially long-range artillery) have dominated the battlefield. Some will put the fulcrum as late as WWII and some will put it as early as the War of Defense against Northern Agression

Better RPGs (to defeat tanks) and low-cost stand-off delivery systems (to replace Artillery) could tilt the balance back to Infantry.
August 5th, 2004  
5CAV, check your PMs.
August 5th, 2004  
Done. Thanks for the reminder.
August 5th, 2004  
silent driller
The edged weapon. It separates us from the rock throwing animals.
August 5th, 2004  
more specifically The MG42, It is still the most successfull machine gun design in history. Or so I have read I could be mistaken. I know its still in use by the Bundshwer (sorry if that is spelled incorrectly), im form of the MG3.
August 7th, 2004  
Well, let's see...
First there was the stick, which eventually was made into the sharp pointy stick, which then was later made into the spear and so on, and so on

Gladius was a nice simplistic design, but it wouldn't have got that far withought the big ass roman shield

Gunpowder, very nice invention lots of things came out of that
Personally I really dislike guns, it's a dishonorable weapon, only takes a monkey with one finger to shoot a gun. Plus you don't get to hack apart your enemies.

I think a bow and arrow should be it for distance combat.