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War technology and the flu pandemic

  1. 1. War Technology and the Flu Pandemic of World War I John Morehouse Mr. Hunt Feb 8 th 2011
  2. 2. War technologies of WWI <ul><li>World war one reaped the benefits of recent technological advances preceding the bloodshed. Weapons were not the only objects the soldiers took advantage of- the radio and search light were good examples. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication was sped up and soldiers could talk to their commanders miles away from each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Many vehicles such as the submarine were invented this time and used during the war. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Aircraft in World War I <ul><li>The German bomber, the Zeppelin was a very large advance in aviation technology. This was the first plane able to carry 2,200 pound bombs along with multiple resources for soldiers. </li></ul><ul><li>The only drawback was it was slow and thus easy to shoot down. </li></ul><ul><li>The France Hariot HD. 1 was a France reconnaissance plane and though despite being slower and heavier it was well armed and proved its worth in the war. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Weapons <ul><li>During World War 1 there was a lot of new weapons to be used. The bloodshed was unlike anyone had ever seen before. A few of these weapons include: </li></ul><ul><li>The Machine gun- had the power of 100 rifles but took 3 men to operate and had to be on a flat surface. </li></ul><ul><li>The field gun shot mortars- took around 10 men to operate and was extremely deadly. These mortars would explode upon impact. </li></ul><ul><li>Tanks were utilized during this war- the first tank had a crew of 3 men and had a maximum speed of only 3 mph. </li></ul><ul><li>By the end of the war tanks could reach 4 mph </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Flu Pandemic of 1918
  6. 6. Flu Statistics <ul><li>It is estimated that between 20 and 40 million people were killed from the flu. </li></ul><ul><li>The 1918 flu killed more people in one year than the Bubonic plague killed in four years. </li></ul><ul><li>One quarter of the US was infected and one fifth of the world had it. </li></ul><ul><li>President Woodrow Wilson was infected during his treaty of Versailles negotiations. </li></ul><ul><li>In total, 3% of the World’s population was killed. </li></ul>
  7. 7. More statistics <ul><li>10 x more Americans died of the flue than that of the war. </li></ul><ul><li>The people who were most likely to die were between the ages of 20 and 40 </li></ul><ul><li>The average lifespan of an American was decreased by 10 years due to the flu </li></ul><ul><li>This, along with war patients caused a massive shortage in doctors. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Fighting the flu <ul><li>The government started to fund scientific research and now the Germ theory arose </li></ul><ul><li>Antiseptic surgery was arising at this time </li></ul><ul><li>Far more public health officers were hired at this time and along with scientists they developed theories on flu prevention and diagnostic ideas. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Bibliography <ul><li>&quot;The 1918 Influenza Pandemic.&quot; Virus. Accessed February 08, 2011. http://virus.stanford.edu/uda/. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The Aerodrome.&quot; Accessed February 8, 2011. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aircraft/index.php. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;File:British WWI Submarine HMS R3a.JPG.&quot; Wikimedia Commons. Accessed February 08, 2011. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:British_WWI_Submarine_HMS_R3a.JPG. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;World War One - Weapons.&quot; History on the Net Main Page. Accessed February 08, 2011. http://www.historyonthenet.com/WW1/weapons.htm. </li></ul>
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