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7 Facts on World War I

7 Facts on World War I

World War I is known as ‘The Great War’ because of its enormous impact throughout the world. Started in 1914, it was the first worldwide destructive conflict that Western Civilisation has ever faced. Here are some 7 interesting facts about the “war to end all wars”.


7 Facts on World War I

7 Facts on World War I
7 Facts on World War I


  1. The British developed tanks during Word War I for the first time. It was a top-secret program. The factory workers who made the tanks were also kept in the dark about its purpose. They thought that they were making movable water tanks for warfare. It was originally named hardships, but were called tanks to confuse the enemies. The first prototype tank in WWI was “Little Willie”. It was capable of carrying a crew of three and could travel as fast as 3 mph


  1. When the first world war started, there was no helmet for the soldiers. In 1915, steel Brodie helmets were introduced, which were very uncomfortable. The German Army called the helmets salad bowls.


  1. The motorized ambulances were used for the first time in World War I. Many men and women volunteered in driving the ambulances. One famous personality who also drove these ambulances is Walt Disney.


  1. 100,000 homing pigeons were used to deliver important messages to the soldiers in World War I. In 1918, a pigeon named Cher Ami delivered a vital message to the soldiers who had been cut off behind enemy lines, despite being shot by the Germans. She lost one eye and a leg but was saved by US army doctors. Cher Ami was awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery.


  1. Britons were prohibited from throwing rice at weddings and feeding pigeons due to a shortage of food. They were also forbidden from taking cabs at night, using binoculars or talking over the phone in a foreign language.


  1. Flamethrowers were the first used by the Germans in WWI. Their flamethrowers could fire jets of flame as far as 40m.


  1. French Second Lieutenant Alfred Joubaire wrote in his journal about WWI just before he died, “Humanity is mad! It must be mad to do what it is doing. What a massacre. What scenes of horror and carnage! I cannot find words to translate my impressions. Hell cannot be so terrible! Men are mad!


Subhangee Guha

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