It was known as the Great War and the War to End All Wars pre-1939, but the 1st World War soon became overshadowed by the tragic events that followed. With that in mind, what are the amazing facts you need to know more than 100 years on? Take a look…
- Thousands of women turned yellow as a result of the toxic jaundice they developed from making TNT.
- Tanks had genders and were called ‘male’ if they carried a cannon, and ‘female’ if they were equipped with machine guns!
- You could hear the explosion of a particularly loud bombardment all the way over in London — that’s more than 140 miles away!
- German went from the second most widely spoken language in America to being banned in schools.
- Frankfurters and hamburgers were renamed so Americans could tuck into their new liberty sausages and liberty burgers.
- The first blood bank was established in 1917 as a result of the huge amount of emergency surgery that was required.
- Harold Giles would go down in history as the inventor of plastic surgery. He developed it to help veterans with severe facial injuries re-enter society in a time when there was a great stigma about their injuries.
- Hugh Lofting didn’t want to worry his kids when writing home from the trenches so created a special character and told stories. His name was Dr. Doolittle.
- When Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated his license plate read: A 111 118 — the date of armistice day for 4 years later!
- 13,000 Native Americans served in the trenches. It would not be until 1924 that they would officially become US citizens…
- Sidney Lewis faked his identification papers and entered combat at just 12 years old.
- Woodrow Wilson dropped his anti-war slogan 1 month after being re-elected and duly declared war on Germany.
- There were 12,000,000 letters delivered to frontline trenches every single week.
- 135 countries took part in WW1 in one form or another.
- This lead to the deaths of more than 15 million people in just 4 years.
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