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Facts About World War I

10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About World War I

World War I or First World War was the global war that originated in Europe to end all wars that lasted from 1914 to 1918. WW1 ended at 11 AM on 11th day of 11th month of 1918. Though there are many causes that break out WW1, but the main cause is said to be assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, beneficiary to the position of royalty of Austria-Hungary, by Yugoslav patriot Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914.

Today, at FactWish, we have gathered some of the fascinating facts about World War I. So, here we go.

1. A WW1 homing pigeon rescued 194 men offering a message despite the loss of a leg, an eye and being shot through the chest.

A WW1 homing pigeon rescued 194 men despite being shot

2. US became the largest military power after World War I.

US became the largest military power after World War I

3. A hungarian man was shot in his frontal lobe (part of the brain that controls important cognitive skills in humans, such as emotional expression, problem solving, memory, language, judgment) during WW1, as a result he lived his life without even sleeping.

A hungarian man was shot in his frontal lobe

4. Nearly 13,000 american soldiers fought in WW1, some of them even hadn’t US citizenship.

Nearly 13,000 american soldiers fought in WW1 without citizenship

5. The youngest soldier was just 8 years old serving WW1.

6. In World War I, British Army trained seagulls to poo on periscopes of the enemy submarines.

British Army trained seagulls to poo on periscopes of the enemy submarines in World War I

7. Dogs and Pigeons were used in WW1 to carry messages in capsules attached to their body.

Dogs and Pigeons were used in WW1 to carry messages

8. US was only involved for 7 months in WW1, during this time over 116,000 american soldiers were killed and nearly 204,000 were injured.

US was only involved for 7 months in WW1

9. Chemical weapons were first used in World War I. Germany used chemicals like lethal gas, chlorine gas and mustard gas in war which were illegal to use.

Chemical weapons were first used in World War I

10. First World War ended by killing 9 million soldiers and wounding another 21 millions.

First World War ended by killing 9 million soldiers and wounding another 21 millions

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