WWI Facts

WW1 Effects
WW1 Effects

World War I is one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war.

Zimmermann Telegram
Zimmermann Telegram

Most historians agree that American involvement in WW1 was inevitable by early 1917, but the march to war was accelerated by a letter penned by German foreign secretary Arthur Zimmermann.

Liberty Sandwiches
Liberty Sandwiches

During WW1, the U.S. Government tried to rename hamburgers as "liberty sandwiches" to promote patriotism.

The Schlieffen Plan
The Schlieffen Plan

The Schlieffen Plan, devised a decade before the start of WW1, outlined a strategy for Germany to avoid fighting at its eastern and western fronts simultaneously.

Unchanged Room For A Century
Unchanged Room For A Century

Hubert Rochereau, who died in WW1, is a French officer whose room is preserved with his belongings since 1918, his death in Belgium.

Battle of Verdun
Battle of Verdun

In 1915, Erich von Falkenhayn made a uniquely cynical proposal: not to take territory but to take lives, to cause the French army to "bleed to death" defending the fortress complex around Verdun.

Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson

"He kept us out of war" was Woodrow Wilson's slogan for the 1916 election.

WW1 Casualties
WW1 Casualties

The Spanish flu caused about a third of total military deaths in WW1.

Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day

WW1 ended at 11 o'clock on the morning of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.