Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Technology and the March to War: Major Inventions and Discoveries in the Century before the Great War

First transatlantic steamship: the Savannah

Samuel Colt patents the revolver pistol

Colt's Original Revolver

Multiple sources develop rifled artillery

Samuel Morse sends his famous first telegraph message, "What hath God wrought?"

Lock-stitch sewing machine (cousin of the machine gun) is invented

Mitrailleuse, rapid firing shooter, developed by Belgian Army ten years before U.S. Gatling gun

First combustion engine

Henry lever-action repeating rifle patented in U.S.

Submarine CSS Hunley attacks Union blockade ship

Model of USS Hunley 

Alfred Nobel manufactures first dynamite

Transatlantic telegraph cable operational

Joseph Glidden awarded patent for barbed wire

John Holland submits first submarine design to U.S. Navy

Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates the telephone

Hiram Maxim perfects his machine gun

Hiram Maxim with His Invention

Benz and Daimler build a single-cylinder automobile based on internal combustion engine

Cordite, a smokeless gunpowder, invented

Diesel engine invented 

100th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp for Rudolf Diesel's Birth

Marconi presents the wireless

First aluminum rigid airship flies in Germany (first zeppelin—1900)

French 75 adopted by French Army

German Navy develops plans for first submarine, U-1

Wright Brothers first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Keel for HMS Dreadnought laid

A Visitor Inspecting the HMS Dreadnought

Henry Ford introduces assembly line for Model T Fords


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