World War 1

World War 1 Facts

  • Conflict Name: World War I, First World War, Great War and Seminal Catastrophe
  • Conflict Start: July 28th, 1914
  • Conflict End: November 11th, 1918
  • Conflict Belligerents: Entente Powers and the Central Powers
  • Conflict Winner: The Entente Powers
  • Military Death Toll: 9,900,000+ fatalities
  • Civilian Death Toll: 7,700,000+ fatalities

15 World War 1 Facts for Kids

  1. World War 1 was fought between July 28th, 1914, and November 11th, 1918.
  2. This war is also called the Great War, the Seminal Catastrophe or simply the First World War.
  3. World War 1 is often abbreviated as WW1 or WWI.
  4. World War 1 was fought between two alliances, the Entente Powers (Allies of World War 1) and the Central Powers.
  5. The Entente Powers included the British Empire, Empire of Japan, French Republic, Kingdom of Italy, Russian Empire and the United States of America.
  6. The Central Powers include Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria.
  7. The Entente Powers were victorious and won World War 1. However, both alliances had millions of military and civilian deaths, suffered from diseases and major economic hardship.
  8. It’s estimated that over 9.9 million military personnel were killed in World War 1.
  9. It’s estimated that over 7.7 million civilians were killed in World War 1.
  10. Trench warfare lasted for many years on the Western Front during World War 1.
  11. Trench warfare was miserable for both alliances. Dead bodies, large rats, lice infestations and overflowing latrines were an everyday part of life in the trenches. Alongside the constant threat from the enemy.
  12. No man’s land was used to refer to the area between both sides’ trenches. This area could be as wide as 600 feet and as short as 30 feet.
  13. New military technology for use on the sea, in the air and on land was used in World War 1. It’s estimated that 75% of all the military deaths during WW1 were from artillery fire.
  14. The Treaty of Versailles ended the state of war between Germany and the Entente Powers. Historians believe the harsh reparations and limitations the Treaty of Versailles put on Germany paved the way for Hitler, the Nazi party and World War 2 just 21 years later.
  15. The 1918 influenza pandemic, also called the Spanish flu, broke out during World War 1. It’s believed the transporting of troops help further spread this H1N1 influenza strain across the globe.

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