25 Interesting Things You Did Not Know About World War I
This list is brought to you by one of our fans; Emil Zayden. One of the most devastating conflicts in all of history, the First World War set the stage for the rest of the century and what would include another, even more brutal conflict. These are 25 interesting things you did not know about World War I.
20. The Draft
To increase the size of the U.S. Army during WWI, Congress passed the Selective Service Act, which was also known as the conscription or draft, in May 1917. By the end of the war, 2.7 million men were drafted. Another 1.3 million volunteered.
15. Rittmeister von Richthofen
The most successful fighter of the entire war was Rittmeister von Richthofen (1892-1918). He shot down 80 planes, more than any other WWI pilot. He died after being shot down near Amiens. France’s Rene Fonck (1894-1953) was the Allies’ most successful fighter pilot, shooting down 75 enemy planes.
10. Unbearable Noise
Artillery barrage could be heard for hundreds of miles.
Along with exploding mines it created immense noise. In 1917, explosives blowing up beneath the German lines on Messines Ridge at Ypres in Belgium could be heard in London 140 miles (220 km) away.
5. The Spanish Flu
During WWI, the Spanish flu caused about 1/3 of total military deaths.