Interesting Facts about World War 1

Interesting Facts about World War 1

 

  • World War 1 was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history.
  • The World War 1 ended at 11 o’clock in the morning of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
  • Germany made tires for bicycles out of metal springs after World War 1 because there was no more rubber available.
  • During World War 1, France built a ‘Fake Paris’ near its capital city to confuse German pilots.
  • Tanks were developed by the British during the First World War.
  • During World War 1, Albert I, the King of Belgium, fought alongside his troops and his wife, Queen Elisabeth, worked as a nurse at the front.
  • Before the war most women stayed at home or worked in domestic service
  • The youngest soldier to serve during World War 1 was only 8 years old.
  • During World War 1, a lone Portuguese soldier convinced the German soldiers that they were fighting against an entire unit for three days without eating or drinking.
  • In World War 1, US Navy painted complex patterns of geometric shapes on ships as “dazzle camo.”
  • There was a wounded pigeon in World War 1 that saved the lives of 198 American soldiers.
  • When the war started, British soldiers went into battle with just a cloth cap for protection.
  • The pharmaceutical company “Bayer” discovered Heroin and, until World War 1, sold it as a cough treatment.
  • The first ever motorized ambulances were used during the First World War.
  • Over 90,000 Chinese laborers were used by the British Army to dig trenches on the Western Front in World War 1.
  • Aircraft were still very new in 1914, so when the Germans launched bombing raids on London, they were carried out from airships, known as zeppelins.
  • After World War I, there were so few men in Germany that only 1 in 3 women would find a husband.
  • About as many horses were killed on the Western Front in World War 1 as people (8 million).
  • Due to food shortages, Britons were banned from throwing rice at weddings and feeding pigeons.
  • The casualty during Taiping Rebellion almost equals that of World War 1.
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