24 Facts You Did Not Know About WORLD WAR I

Facts About World War I

1. 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result of WWI.

2. The Spanish flu caused about a third of total military deaths in WWI.

3. WWI was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history.

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

5. "He kept us out of war" was Woodrow Wilson' slogan for the 1916 election. About a month after he took office, the U.S. declared war on Germany.

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

7. WWI transformed the U.S. into the largest military power in the world.

8. The room of a WWI French soldier is still untouched since 1918.

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

10. During WW1, 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.

11. Chemotherapy is a by-product of the mustard gas used in WWI.

12. After World War I, there were so few men in Germany that only 1 in 3 women would find a husband.

13. Nearly 13,000 Native Americans fought during World War I, despite not having a U.S. citizenship.

14. Four empires collapsed after WWI: Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, German, and Russian.

15. After WWI, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland emerged as independent nations.

16. During First World War, a British soldier spared the life of a wounded German: Adolf Hitler.

17. The youngest soldier to serve during WWI was only 8 years old.

18. Germany made its final reparations payment from the WWI Treaty of Versailles in 2010.

19. British soldiers in WWI had a tea ration of six pints a day.

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

21. During WWI, the U.S. Government tried to rename hamburgers as "liberty sandwiches" to promote patriotism.

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

23. During WWI, the King of England, the Tsar of Russia, and the Emperor of Germany were all first cousins.

24. The German WWI officer that recommended Hitler for an Iron Cross was Jewish. He was later arrested, then released by the SS once they discovered his identity.

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