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Facts that you probably don’t know about Word War I

The Word War I or the “Great War” (1914-1918) was a terrible disaster that killed more than 9 million soldiers and destroyed a bigger part of Europe. There is a video that speaks about this terrible disaster: (one in spanish and other in english)


There is a map of two sides
Central Powers: Germany, Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Empire
The Allied forces: Great Britain, United States, France, Russia, Italy and Japan.

The WW1 is a very popular topic but, do you know all of that? The answer is NO. So there are some interesting facts that you probably don’t know about Word War I:
• It was a very international conflict: 65 million men from 30 different countries.

• Flamethrowers: Germans were the first to use flamethrowers.

• The Spanish Flu: The Spanish flu caused about 1/3 of total military deaths.

• Dog messengers: Dogs were used as messengers and carried orders to the front lines in capsules attached to their bodies and also to lay down telegraph wires.

• The cost: WWI cost approximately $185 billion.

References and interesting books about WW1:
Renouvin, P. (1990). La crisis europea y la Primera Guerra Mundial (Vol. 18). Ediciones AKAL.
Renouvin, P. (1972). La primera guerra mundial. Oikos-tau.
de Mateo Menéndez, M. S. (1989). La primera guerra mundial (Vol. 18). Ediciones AKAL.
Hernández, J. (2007). Todo lo que debe saber sobre la Primera Guerra Mundial. Nowtilus.

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