Known unknown facts about first world war

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Known unknown facts about first world war

WW1 was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history. WWI began on June 28, 1914, when a Serbian terrorist shot and killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914. Russia and France sided with Serbia, and Germany supported Austria-Hungary. Other countries around the world were soon pulled into the fighting. Here are some other lesser-known facts that you should know about World War 1.

So, let's look back at some of the more unknown facts about WW1.

  • More than 65 million men from 30 countries fought in WW1. Nearly 10 million died.

  • 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result of WW1.

  • In 1917, Germany invited Mexico to join WW1 by attacking the U.S. in order to recover the lost territories of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

  • WW1 transformed the U.S. into the largest military power in the world.

  • The Spanish flu caused about a third of total military deaths in this war.

  • The room of French soldier is still untouched since 1918.

  • During WW1, a homing pigeon saved 194 men by delivering a message despite losing a leg, an eye and having been shot through the chest.

  • A Hungarian man was shot in the frontal lobe, making it impossible for him to fall asleep. He continued to live a full, sleepless life.

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  • Chemotherapy is a by-product of the mustard gas which was used in WW1.

  • Nearly 13,000 native Americans fought during WW1, despite not having a U.S. citizenship.

  • After WW1, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Lithuania, and Poland emerged as independent nations.

  • The youngest soldier to serve during WW1 was only 8 years old.

  • Germany made its final reparations payment from the WW1 Treaty of Versailles in 2010.

  • Dogs were used as messengers in WW1, carrying orders to the front lines in capsules attached to their bodies.

  • During the war, the Belgian King personally led the army, the Queen served as a nurse, and the 14-year-old Prince enlisted as a private.

  • A British prisoner of war, captured by the Germans in WW1, was freed to see his dying mother, then went back to the prison camp because he gave the Kaiser 'his word' he would return.

  • Germany's debt from WW1 was equivalent to 96,000 tons of gold.

  • Marie Curie attempted to donate her Gold Nobel Prize medals for the war effort but the French National Bank refused to accept them.

  • The last surviving WW1 Veteran was a woman. She was a waitress at an air base.

  • Teddy Roosevelt volunteered for service in World War 1, ten years after having served as U.S. president.

  • Anne Frank's father was an officer in the German army during WW1.

  • During WW1, the British Army attempted to train seagulls to poo on the periscopes of enemy submarines.

  • Germany was the first country ever to implement Daylight Saving Time in order to save energy during WW1.

  • The most decorated American WW1 veteran from Texas was an undocumented Mexican immigrant named Marcelino Serna.

  • During the Great War, there were over 250.000 Germans living in the USA which was forced to register at a post office and then carry a registration card with them at all times. Of these, over 2000 Germans were arrested and put in internment camps.

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  • Germans were the first to use flamethrowers in WW1. Their flamethrowers could fire jets of flame as far as 130 feet (40 m).

  • During WW1, British tanks were initially categorized into “males” and “females.” Male tanks had cannons, while females had heavy machine guns.

  • Artillery barrage and mines created immense noise. In 1917, explosives blowing up beneath the German lines on Messines Ridge at Ypres in Belgium could be heard in London 140 miles (220 km) away.

  • Tanks were initially called “landships.” However, in an attempt to disguise them as water storage tanks rather than as weapons, the British decided to code name them “tanks.”

  • In early 1917, British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann to Germany's minister in Mexico. The telegraph encouraged Mexico to invade U.S. territory. The British kept it a secret from the U.S. for more than a month. They wanted to show it to the U.S. at the right time to help draw the U.S into the war on their side.

  • During WW1, the Spanish flu caused about 1/3 of total military deaths.

  • The total cost of WW1 for the U.S. was more than $30 billion.

  • The greatest single loss of life in the history of the British army occurred during the Battle of Somme when the British suffered 60,000 casualties in one day. More British men were killed in that one WW1 battle than the U.S. lost from all of its armed forces and the National Guard combined.

  • WW1 increased people’s suspicions of minority groups. All outsiders were considered a potential threat, especially the Jews, who were seen as sleek profiteers of the armaments industry.

  • French leaders, who feared the new tactic of aerial bombardment, built a fake Paris north of the real city from wood and electric lanterns in order to confuse German pilots.

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  • WW1 saw many women join the working forces. Those who worked with TNT saw their skin turn yellow as a result, as they suffered from toxic jaundice.

  • The WW1 ended at 11 o'clock in the morning of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

  • After the war, there were few men in Germany that only 1 in 3 women would find a husband.

  • Four empires: Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, German, and Russian were collapsed after WW1.