Story of The World War I – Explained in 15 Points

  • In 1914, the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Hunger and Austria, by Serbian terrorist led Austria to declare war upon Serbia.
  • Later in the month of August Germany invaded Belgium and also declared war on France and Russia. These event led to the most terrible war of that time, The World War I.
  • There were two main groups who waged war against each other. There were the Allies, made up of America, Britain, France, Russia and Italy on one side and Germany, Hungary, Austria, Turkey etc. on the other.
  • Though most of this war was fought in Europe, there was also fighting in the Pacific, Middle East and in Africa.
  • It was for the first time in World War I that airplanes were used to wage war. The German pilot Manfred Von Richthofen was one of the first ace pilots of the German Air Force.
  • In 1916 the British used tanks for the first time in World War I in France. The Germans used submarines to attack and sink allied ships thus preventing supplies from reaching Britain.

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  • In one such attack in May 1915, a German submarine sank the British Passenger liner Lusitania and killed over 100 people.
  • During the initial years of the war, morale ran high and thousands of young men joined the armed forces and went to fight for their country.
  • Gradually it became clear that little was being achieved at very high cost of human lives and sufferings.
  • The war effort was supported by many women who worked day and night in ammunition factories.

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  • Till 1918 the Austrian allies look stronger and it was felt that they might win. However the large British forces outnumbered the Austrians and Germans.
  • The British Navy blocked the ports and cut off the supplies to the Germans and thus changed the fortunes of war.
  • In November 1918 the Germans forces surrendered and the war ended. The war took its toll on all and over ten million people died within a span of almost for years.

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30 COMMENTS

  1. America entered war just after Lusitania incidence. But other reason was that Germany was preparing to link up with Mexico to keep United States neutral. German minister of external affairs had sent a message which was hacked by British. But when US President Wudrow Wilson was still firm on his nation’s neutrality, British PM Lloyd George sent the trapped message to Wilson. It became a headline of US press. This dangerous alliance followed by American nationals’ death in ‘Lusitania’ , US declared war on Axis powers on 6 April 1917.

    • USA entered WWI in 1917. Many troops were killed. Not of course as many of the other countries who fought from 1914 – 1918. But the US certainly was active..

  2. It would be more clear if there is geographical map marking the countries wit points indicating the countries involving in the war

  3. I would like to correct you. 1198 peoples were killed in Lucitania tragedy. It was torpedoed by German U- ship on 07/05/1915 and sank within eighteen minutes.

  4. In april 1917 after lusitania incident……100 of britishers losf their lives after a british ship sank…..this made USA enter in ww1

    • Lusitania was sunk in May of 1915. British passenger liner, which was also carrying munitions. 1,198 dead, 761 survivors. Of the dead, 128 were Americans.

  5. In april 1917 after lusitania incident……100 of britishers lost their lives after a british ship sank…..this made USA enter in ww1

  6. Your third point : “There were two main groups who waged war against each other. There were the Allies, made up of America, Britain, France, Russia and Italy on one side and Germany, Hungary, Austria, Turkey etc. on the other.” is not as precise as it should be : Us government was neutral at the beginning of the war, he changed with the sinking of the Lusitania, and US troops joined the western front only in spring 1918.

    You also forget an evidence : The role of France !

    The major west european battlefield was in France, with its massive destructions (you don’t speak about Verdun and Somme battlefields …), and a huge amount of civilian and military casualties in both camps : about 18.6 million deaths !!!

    Then you forget to mention the October Revolution in Russia, and the happening of the Soviet Union, as a result of the war, and the prelude to WWII, as a consequence of the Treaty of Versailles, twenty years after …

  7. Your third point : “There were two main groups who waged war against each other. There were the Allies, made up of America, Britain, France, Russia and Italy on one side and Germany, Hungary, Austria, Turkey etc. on the other.” is not as precise as it should be : Us government was neutral at the beginning of the war, he changed with the sinking of the Lusitania, and US troops joined the western front only in spring 1918.

    You also forget an evidence : The role of France !

    The major west european battlefield was in France, with its massive destructions (you don’t speak about Verdun and Somme battlefields !), and a huge amount of civilian and military casualties : about 18.6 million deaths in both camps !!!

    Then you forget to mention the October Revolution in Russia, and the happening of the Soviet Union, as a result of the war, and the prelude to WWII, as a consequence of the Treaty of Versailles, twenty years after …

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