Top 10 facts about WW1
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When someone thinks of World War One, they usually think about the crazy bloodbath that was fought in the trenches of the Western Front. People believe that the war was limited to just Europe but it was wide spread and reached as far as China. World War One was fought by servicemen from North America, Australasia, Caribbean and Africa.
Here are some interesting facts about World War One:
- During the First World War free speech wasn’t very free. The Government wanted to control how information was portrayed at the start of the war which meant that journalists were banned. Journalists that were risking their lives to actually report on the war were seen to be helping the enemy, if they were caught they risked being executed.
- Women were very useful in the War, they were not able to go and fight so more than a million women took place in the workforce. The women worked long gruelling hours in poor conditions, some that worked with TNT had their skin turn yellow from toxicity.
- There were many men at the front line in France, when their loved ones sent letters from Britain it got there in 2 days. There was a purpose built depot in Regents Park before all the letters were sent to the trenches. More than 12 million letters were sent to the front line every week and by the end of the war 114 million parcels were delivered.
- As the war was showing its ugly head, there were a group of miners that dug a 100ft underground tunnel in secrecy to plant and detonate mines below the enemy trenches. They succeeded at the Messines Ridge where they detonated 19 underground tunnels. This explosion was so loud that it was heard at Downing Street which is 140 miles away.
- When World War One was rampant, many underage boys enlisted mostly because they wanted to fight for their country and sometimes because they wanted to escape their dreary lives. The youngest British soldier was 12 years old, many of them fought alongside their adult counterparts.
- During World War One many soldiers had facial injuries due to shrapnel, these injuries were more complicated than a bullet wound. This prompted Surgeon Harold Gillies to help victims by pioneering early techniques of facial reconstruction.
- When people talk about World War One they think of the soldiers as being lions led by donkeys, another name for Generals. The Generals were seen as sitting in comfort whilst men were dying on a regular basis. The truth was that generals were banned from the frontline because they kept getting killed. The experience that the generals possessed was too great to lose.
- Blood banks were first used in WW1, the British army started to use blood transfusions to treat soldiers. A US Army doctor, Captain Oswald Robertson, set up the first blood bank in 1917. He used Sodium Citrate to prevent the blood from coagulated. Blood was kept for as long as 28 days.
- WW1 nearly caused financial meltdown in Britain, even though Britain was a superpower everyone had to ration to ensure their survival.
- Being constantly in the firing line was rare for British Soldiers, they were moving around the trench systems - 9 out of 10 soldiers survived the trenches.
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