Technology and Innovation

The Allies introduced the U.S. military to technological advancements in weapons, medical treatment, communication, and transportation. On the battlefield, American forces fought using airplanes, long-range artillery, gas, motorized ambulances, mobile X-ray equipment, wireless radio, and other modern tools of war.  


Aeroplane Graflex camera in action. circa 1917-18

Manufacturing airplanes for the government by Dayton-Wright Airplane Company

Lieutenant Kirk Booth of the U.S. Signal Corps being lifted skyward by the giant Perkins man-carrying kite at Camp Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts

Photograph of Lieutenant Colonel R. D. Garrett



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