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10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

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10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One
1.  Sanitary towels
2.  Paper Hankies
3.  Sun lamp
4.  Daylight saving time
5.  Tea bags
6.  The wristwatch
7.  Vegetarian sausages
8.  Zips
9.  Stainless steel
10. Pilot communications

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26935867


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nanotm
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the microwave and the computer both came about because of WW2 along with half of the leaps in medical science that were made in the years since as people followed the roadmap to success the Germans so carefully documented......
war always breeds invention, fiberoptic was dreamed up during the Korean conflict but  failed to pas the stringent tests required for it to be a viable option .......
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Re: 10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

Cool May we add...
11. Universal contempt for political leaders
12. The Irish Republic
13. The Soviet Union
14. Hitler
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Re: 10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

12 & 14 were unknown in 1918.

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the potato blight and subsequent harsh treatment of the Irish Catholics by the protestant land owners is what lead to the Irish republic, it had nothing to do with WW1
the Russian revolution was used as cover to launch WW1 by Kaiser bill as it ensured the Russians wouldn't be taking part in the land grab he was undertaking .....
the USSR came into being as part of the clean-up post WW2 when it was abundantly clear that Russia had conquered those other countries and there wasn't a whole lot the war weary western world could do about it if they wanted the fighting to stop any time soon ..... its also why east Germany was under Russian control until the end of the cold war when the iron curtain collapsed and sovereignty started getting returned to the various nation states that were formerly part of the USSR .....

contempt for politicians didn't really start to be a big thing until Edward heath screwed the country up so much everyone wanted to run away, most people until then just didn't care that much about them either way, but once he changed the limit to a maximum of £10 being allowed to people travelling overseas (in cash that is) and the inflation rate went through the roof then people really started to hate them with passion, a trend that hasn't abated much since (just the colour of the party and the figurehead(s) its directed at)
Hitler wasn't created by WW1 either, he was already an adult before it started he wasn't even changed that much by it was the hyperinflation that really created him.....
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Re: 10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

Hitler [ the concept ] was a product of WW1. The rage of Adolf [ the man ] was forged by the surrender of Germany which he, and others including the influential War Veterans, considered a betrayal by a cowardly liberal elite - with the Versailles Treaty being Germany's final humiliation. The cripling reparations of Versailles led directly to the econmic meltdown that drove National Socialism from a lunatic fringe to mainstream menace.
Meanwhile, had there been no Russian revolution, there would have been no Soviet empire with its ambition of annexing Europe into one socialist republic [ sound familiar? ]. As for the provisional IRA, they received arms shipments from Germany in WW1 as the Kaiser's Chiefs hoped republicanism would open a new front against the British. And we all know how that went down.
So yes, Hitler, the Soviets and the Irish nation, all owe their success to WW1.
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you could argue that the already outraged and anti sematic Adolf who joined the Bavarian volunteers in order to aid in the eradication of the people he viewed as cowardly traitors at the start of WW1 was actually already a barking mad lunatic who should of been put to death when arrested for treason in 1920, the fact he was effectively let off with a caution was perhaps a product of so many others sharing his warped views within Germany (and that was prior to the wider socio-economic factors which lead to his political success)
the Russian republic existed prior to the outbreak of WW1, the tsars were in control of much of eastern Europe the 1905 uprisings were put on hold because of the outbreak of WW1 in 1914 and in 1917 Russia joined the war by invading Hungary and Austria, the USSR was formalised in the post WW2 era once the boundary region's had been established and thus the USSR is not the product of WW1.

the Irish war of independence was acutely pointless, Westminster had passed the home rule act in 1912 then 1913 and the third and final portioned home rule act in 1914, but because of the outbreak of WW1 they passed as suspension act and effectively to the Irish to "wait out", they were always going to get the independence they wanted but the pointless war of independence and the violence that lead up to it actually delayed the matter by several years !
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Quote from: Thunderclap
The cripling reparations of Versailles led directly to the econmic meltdown

That's the common perception - and certainly Hitler played on that perception.
The truth is rather different: reparations were set at a headline figure 132 billion gold marks in 1921 however Germany was only ever actually expected to pay around 50 billion gold marks.
In fact, Germany only paid about about 20 billion (around £1 billion), just under 40% of which was paid in goods like coal, chemicals and railway equipment, with the remaining 12.5 billion paid in cash .. borrowed in New York.  Payments stopped in 1931 - almost two years before Hitler became chancellor - when Hoover declared a moratorium and they were subsequently cancelled in 1932 - the year before Hitler became chancellor.