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War has always had a tendency to accelerate innovation and invention, and WW1 – with its bizarre clash of 19th and 20th century ideas and technologies – was no exception. From industrial killing machines to feminine hygiene, here are five technological creations still used today in combat and civilian life.
The First World War inspired an explosion of literary output not experienced before or since; while many plays, novels and stories featuring the life of a nation at war made their rounds, poetry was undoubtedly the preferred mode of creative expression. So much so, in fact, that on 20 March 1916, the venerable trench newspaper The Wipers Times posted a notice warning that ‘an insidious disease is affecting the Division, and the result is a hurricane of poetry…. The Editor would be obliged if a few of the poets would break into prose as a paper cannot live by poems alone.’ As that slim eight-page volume alone featured six verses, The Editor may have had a point.
Motorcycles clubs have existed in the US and other countries since the turn of the twentieth century, but it wasn’t until after World War 2 that the culture – and its only partially deserved reputation for violence and criminal activity – exploded in the US and around the world.