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05 Dec

Facts about World War 1

Did you Know? List of Interesting Facts about World War 1
Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about World War 1, trivia and information, including some useful statistics will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults. Interesting Facts about World War 1
are as follows:

  • Fact 1 – Definition: World War 1 was a military conflict lasting from 1914 to 1918 which involved nearly all the biggest powers of the world
  • Fact 2 – World War 1 involved 2 opposing alliances – the Allies and the Central Powers
  • Fact 3 – The countries of the Allies included Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal and Montenegro
  • Fact 4 – The countries of the Central Powers included Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria
  • Fact 5 – World War 1 was triggered on 28 June 1914 by the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his pregnant wife Sophie
  • Fact 6 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was the nephew of Emperor Franz Josef and heir to the throne of Austria and Hungary
  • Fact 7 – The assassination took place in in Sarajevo, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Fact 8 – assassination was planned by a Serbian terrorist group, called The Black Hand and the man who shot Franz Ferdinand and his wife was a Bosnian revolutionary named Gavrilo Princip
  • Fact 9 – Causes of World War 1:Fact 10 – Major Leaders of World War 1 included Kaiser Wilhelm II, Tsar Nicholas II, Prince Alexander of Serbia, Sir Edward Grey British Foreign Secretary, President Wilson U.S. President, H. H. Asquith and David Lloyd George
    • There was a tangle of alliances made between countries, to maintain a balance of power in Europe, which brought about the scale of the conflict
    • Bosnian Crisis – Austria-Hungary took over the former Turkish province of Bosnia in 1909 angering Serbia
    • Countries were building their military forces, arms and battleships
    • Countries wanted to regain lost territories from previous conflicts and build empires
    • Moroccan Crisis – Germans were protesting in 1911 against the French possession of Morocco
  • Fact 11 – WW1 included the first known use of chemical weapons (mustard Gas)
  • Fact 12 – The sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 bought the US into the war
  • Fact 13 – US entered the war on April 6, 1917
  • Fact 14 – 65 million troops were mobilized during WW1
  • Fact 15 – 8 million troops died
  • Fact 16 – 21 million troops were wounded
  • Fact 17 – 58,000 British soldiers were lost on the first day at the Battle of the Somme
  • Fact 18 – Other names for World War 1 include ‘The War to End All Wars’, The War of the Nations and ‘The Great War’
  • Fact 19 – By the end of the war there were 250,000 wounded British soldiers who suffered total or partial amputation
  • Fact 20 – The U.S. was in the war in actual combat for only seven and a half months during which time 116,000 were killed and 204,000 were wounded.
  • Fact 21 – During the course of the War War 1 approx 11% of Frances’s entire population was killed or wounded.
  • Fact 22 – Battle of Verdun, 1916, resulted in over a million casualties in ten months.
  • Fact 23 – Over 200,000 men died in the trenches of WW1
  • Fact 24 – Trenches were infested with millions of rats, frogs and lice
  • Fact 25 – 80,000 British troops suffered from shell-shock
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