World War 1 Facts for Kids

World War One Facts

Kids are from our new generation. The history, past, or ancient times is not their problem anymore. However, being knowledgeable about that gives them an idea about how we became what we are today. It is important that they know about wars and battles.

Trenches, machine guns, mustard gas, and yes, plastic surgery: these are some of the words and phrases that may pop into our heads whenever we think of World War One Facts. Here are some interesting historical events and facts about the First World War.

This guide will help your kids in school especially if he or she is struggling to understand what is in the books. Save this for their next assignments and activities. You will never know when you will need these facts.

The Warring Parties

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World War 1 started on July 28, 1914, and ended on November 11, 1918.

The spark that ignited the war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Australia, Austria-Hungary’s heir to the throne.

The two opposing sides in the war were Britain, France, Ireland, and Russia as The Allies and Germany and Austria-Hungary as The Central Powers. Italy joined The Central Powers in 1915 while America joined The Allies in 1917. The US was only in combat for 7 months.

Defeat in the battlefield, economic hardship, and the scarcity of food in Russia caused the victory of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.

Germany’s chlorine gas, and later, the mustard gas were the first-ever chemical weapons used in a war. The British, later on, developed their own. Chemical warfare is prohibited under the International Humanitarian Law.

Of the 65 million soldiers mobilized during the war, 21 million were injured and over 8 million died.

The Armistice that ended the fighting was on November 11, 1918. World War 1 officially ended on June 18, 2019.

Unusual World War One Facts

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The first blood bank was established during the First World War, at the Western Front in 1917 by US Army doctor Captain Oswald Johnson. Blood was preserved for up to 28 days by keeping it on ice using sodium citrate.

Sidney Lewis, at 12 years old was the youngest British soldier in the war. He, along with 250,000 underage soldiers lied so they could enlist.

In Britain, the penalty for journalists caught making a report on the war was death.

Plastic surgery was pioneered by surgeon Scott Harold Gillies by treating shrapnel victims with terrible facial injuries.

These World War One facts can help us jumpstart our interest in learning more about this crucial turning point of world history that affects our lives up to now.

The Takeaway

It is important for kids to know about our history. They played such a big role in our lives that nothing will erase them. Let us teach them the importance of the past war and battles that contribute to where our government and countries stand now. Wars have helped us gain our freedom and taught us how to value life.

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