The History Place - World War I

Big guns are finished at Elswick, England. At the outbreak of war, the British and French had virtually no large artillery, giving the Germans a tactical advantage. Realizing this, British and French war industries worked furiously to catch up. Below: The race to create ever-larger guns--long-range railway ordinance made by Krupp armaments in Germany. Such guns could strike targets up to 30 miles away, blasting civilian and military locations without warning.

Below: America's industrial might turned to war production. Inside Bethlehem Steel Company in Pennsylvania--a view of projectile shop No. 1 manufacturing artillery shells by the thousands.

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