WWI Facts

German Invitation to Mexico
German Invitation to Mexico

In 1917, Germany invited Mexico to join WW1 by attacking the U.S to recover the lost territories of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Hero Pigeon Cher Ami
Hero Pigeon Cher Ami

A WW1 homing pigeon saved 194 men by delivering a message despite losing a leg, an eye and having been shot through the chest.

Brest Peace
Brest Peace

After WW1, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland emerged as independent nations.

The Last Official Death of WW1
The Last Official Death of WW1

The six-hour delay between the armistice signing and World War I's official end cost the lives of nearly 3,000 soldiers, including one American in the war's final minute.

40 Years Sleepless Life
40 Years Sleepless Life

During WW1, a Hungarian man was shot in the frontal lobe, making it impossible for him to fall asleep. He continued to live a full, sleepless life for 40 years.

First Battle of Marne
First Battle of Marne

The World War I First Battle of the Marne featured the first use of radio intercepts and automotive transport of troops in wartime.

Belgium and WW1
Belgium and WW1

During WW1, the Belgian King personally led the army, the Queen served as a nurse, and the 14-year-old Prince enlisted as a private.

Mustard Gas to Chemotherapy
Mustard Gas to Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a by-product of the mustard gas used in WW1.

Neutral Spain
Neutral Spain

Spain was neutral in WW1 and WW2 but experienced a civil war (1936-1939) which killed over 500,000 people.