The machine gun, which so came to dominate and even to personify the battlefields of World War One made cavalry attacks and bayonet charges obsolete.
The Machine gun was the most effective weapon in world war one. It killed more than 7 million people.
Machine guns inflicted appalling casualties on both war fronts in World War One. Men who went over-the-top in trenches stood little chance when the enemy opened up with their machine guns.
It was effective enough that a counter measure had to be developed to overcome it. The tank. Even in WW2, Gen Patton stated that the primary weapon of a tank was it's machine gun, and not it's cannon.
Dodging shrapnel and barbed wire
running straight at canon fire
running blind as I hold my breath
say a prayer and embrace death
as we charge the enemy lines
a burst of rounds and we go down
I choke I cry but no one hears
feel the blood go down my throat
Blood is falling like the rain
its crimson cloak unveils again
the sound of guns can't hide their shame
and so we die in Paschendale