What weapon changed the face of warfare? - Page 4

August 7th, 2004  
I think gunpowder. Think about everything that has evolved since becuase of it. I base this on nothing but the body count from gunpowder is much higher than without especially since it hasnt been around too long.
August 7th, 2004  
1) Bow & Arrow- The bow and arrow started the projectile type of thinking. It allowed armies to engage at much greater range and also protect their own men to a larger degree.

The bow and arrow did in the days of the knights because horses and men could not withstand such an onslaught. Thus, armies had to grow larger and commoners were hired into service and trained as fighters.

2) Rifle- This is the most lasting weapon for infantry warfare. Firing a subsonic or supersonic projectile, the rifle has increased range and is more efficent and mobile than the bow and arrow. No longer were the fired projectiles large sticks, that were awkward and the bow's range dependant on the users muscles, but instead the bullets were light and rifles of the same build fired the same distance no matter who was operating it.

3) Tank and Machinegun- Crediting either above the other might be overstepping slightly. The Machinegun is able to rake enemy formations quickly, but that is useless without the gunner being protected. The tank could serve as both a seige weapon to destroy buildings or using it's machinegun, serve as anti-personnel work as well.

Tanks truely brough mounted cavalry to the end of it's days because cavalry was simply no match for the power and speed of the tank and it's machine gun.

4) The airplane/helicopter- The airplane and helicopter proved another advancement on the battlefield. No longer were troops solely fighting a "2D" battle, but instead now had mastered the 3rd Diminsion, air support.

Aircraft could delivery bombs onto enemy troop formations quickly and accurately. Aircraft could also travel longer distances in a day by virtue of their speed. This allowed for transport craft to quickly move men and supplies overseas or across contenients rather than wait for ships or trucks.

Helicopters could be used for anti-personnel or anti-armor work when equipped with rockets and machineguns. Unlike the airplane, their ability to hover over a target and stitch fire made them another great advantage to have. Helicopters ability to conduct verticle takeoffs on even rough terrain also allowed for commanders in battle to be taken over it from the front lines then placed back down so they had a better understanding of forces around them, as well as they could serve as dust-offs for wounded troops and retreat them to a hospital base, rather than a field medic.
August 7th, 2004  
Definitely gunpowder. It ended the age of bow and arrow, swords, armor, and a whole lot of other weapons.
August 7th, 2004  
It's not a weapon..........
It's wheel...

To help transporting troops, equipment, and speeding army.....
August 28th, 2004  
Machine gun
August 29th, 2004  
Going from histrory to the the present i'll try to name to the weapons that changed the course of history, of course I may miss some. Although some of the stuff had to do with tactics too and a combination of weapons.

Bow and arrow

Metal weapons

Hoplite Heavy Infantry (Greeks)

Phalanx (Alexander)

Seige Engines

Legoinare (Romans)

The Stirup (this key invention allowed for heavy cavalry allowing the Knight to come into existance.)

The Longbow


The Bayonet

The Cylindrical Bullet

The Machine Gun



The Atomic Bomb



If I were to pick only one device it would have to be the machine gun. Throught history warfare consisted of blocks of men going at each other. The machine gun changed that, you no longer can do that.
August 29th, 2004  
Jason Bourne
The Nuke, The nuke changed war as we know it
August 29th, 2004  
Duty Honor Country
Originally Posted by Jason Bourne
The Nuke, The nuke changed war as we know it
I do not think the Nuke has changed the face of warefair. In 4 years of active duty, I recieved little training on the nuke threat.

Now I can say that the nuclear threat affects who we pick our fights with.
August 29th, 2004  
well id have to say nukes change it all
August 29th, 2004  
SLR owner
Alot of these answers are correct....there are many advances in each century that one could point to.