World War 1

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Summary of US Facts about World War 1
Summary: Interesting US facts about World War 1 include the causes of the Great War, the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), the countries of the Allies and Central Powers, the American troops, WW1 weapons and the different types of warfare they faced in the WWI battles. World War One (28 July, 1914 - 11 November, 1918) was triggered on 28 June 1914 by the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his pregnant wife Sophie and resulted in a major European conflict between the Central Powers and the Allies. World War 1 started on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. The role of US Facts about WW1 began on April 6, 1917, two and a half years after the outbreak of the war in Europe.

US Facts about WW1 for kids
Woodrow Wilson was the 28th American President who served in office from March 4, 1913 to March 4, 1921. One of the most important events was the role of America in  WW1 and the American Expeditionary Force (AEF).


Map of WW1 Europe 1914

Map of WW1 Europe 1914

US Facts about WW1 for kids: Neutral until April 6, 1917
At the outbreak of WW1 President Wilson adopted a neutral position in an effort to keep the United States of America from being drawn into the war in Europe. For additional information refer to the Causes and Outbreak of World War 1 and facts about the
American Entry into WW1.

US Facts about WW1 for kids: 1914 WW1 Map of Europe
The 1914 Map of Europe shows the divisions in Europe, at the outbreak of the war on July 28, 1914, showing the countries who fought together as the Allies or as the Central powers and those countries that remained neutral.

US Facts about WW1 for kids: The Allies and the Central Powers
The Allies consisted of the French Republic, the British Empire (including Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and the Russian Empire, also known as the Triple Entente. Italy ended its alliance with the Central Powers and entered the war on the side of the Allies in 1915. The Allies, consisting of the Triple Entente, were also joined in 1915 by countries of Japan, Belgium, Serbia, Greece, Montenegro, and Romania. The date of the US entry into the war was April 6, 1917. The Central Powers consisted of Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria and was also known as the Quadruple Alliance. The name "Central Powers" was derived from the location of the countries.

US Facts about World War 1: Causes of American Entry into WW1 for kids
Causes US entry into WW1: America joined the Allies in World War 1 due to the following causes:

● The immediate cause was that Germany violated American neutrality by attacking international shipping with its unrestricted U-Boat submarine warfare campaign
● Other causes included:
● ● The Sinking of the Lusitania passenger liner

● ● The Black Tom Explosion - a 1916 act of sabotage in America
● ● The sinking of 6 American merchant ships (including the Housatonic)  by German U-boats
● ● The interception of the Zimmermann Telegram that promised the Mexican Government that Germany would help Mexico recover the territory it had ceded to the USA following the Mexican-American War

US Facts about World War 1 for kids: Troops and Types of Warfare
The following fact sheet on US Facts about WW1 includes information about the troops and the types of warfare used in the Great War.

Facts about US Facts about WW1 for kids - The Troops and Types of Warfare

US Facts about WW1 -  1: On May 24, 1917 the first U.S. convoy departed from the US to protect shipping to Europe

US Facts about WW1 -  2: On July 3, 1917 the first wave of the American Expeditionary Force landed in France commanded by General John "Black Jack" Pershing

US Facts about WW1 -  3: The American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) was the name of the United States Armed Forces sent to Europe in WW1.

US Facts about WW1 -  4: Mobilization of troops: American soldiers were transported to Europe from New York, New Jersey and Virginia

US Facts about WW1 -  5: General Pershing insisted that American soldiers should be well-trained before going into battle, so the majority of US troops did not arrive in Europe until the end of 1917 and started fighting in 1918.

US Facts about WW1 -  6: Nicknames: The nicknames for the American soldiers were 'doughboys', British troops were called 'Tommies' and Germans were called 'Fritz'

US Facts about WW1 -  7: The Western Front was the name the Germans gave to a series of trenches that ran 700 kilometres (435 miles) from the Belgian coast to the Swiss border

US Facts about WW1 -  8: Trench Warfare: On the Western Front, troops dug a network of trenches that stretched hundreds of miles along the battle lines. The battle lines were subject to  massive artillery barrages and then soldiers would clamber out of their trenches, charge across 'no man’s land', and hurl grenades into the trenches of the enemy.

US Facts about WW1 -  9: Trench Warfare: The trench network of WW1 stretched approximately 25,000 miles (40,200 km) from the English Channel to Switzerland. The Trenches were infested with millions of rats, frogs and lice

US Facts about WW1 -  10: Trench Warfare and Illness: Soldiers suffered from the mental illness known as “shell shock,” or posttraumatic stress disorder, due to the horrors of trench warfare. Shell shock was caused by the effect of constant noise of explosions and guns, along with the smell and danger of the trenches. Trench fever was a horrible and painful disease caused by body lice during WW1. Trench foot was even more terrifying. Trench foot was caused by standing in the water and mud of the trenches for a long time and losing blood circulation which could lead to amputation. In some cases, soldiers socks started to grow on to their feet.

US Facts about WW1 -  11: Biological / Chemical Warfare: The strategy of trench warfare failed to bring fast results so both sides started to use new technology in the form of poison gas.

Chemicals used included tear gas that caused tears, pain, vomiting, and even blindness and mustard gas that caused large blisters on the exposed skin and in the lungs.

The photograph shows troops in the trenches wearing obligatory gas masks in case of attack in which poison gas was used.

Troops in WWI Trenches

US Facts about WW1 -  10: Tank Warfare: Technology developed further and the new strategy of tank warfare was adopted

US Facts about WW1 -  11: Aerial Warfare: The First World War saw the birth of military airpower when airplanes were used in combat. Initially the military uses of airplanes were focused on reconnaissance to gain a bird’s eye view of the battle field. Then, as technology advanced further, the airplanes were equipped with bombs.

US Facts about WW1 -  12: Dogfights: As technology advanced further machine guns were attached to aircraft enabling WW1 pilots to engage in deadly close range air battles known as dogfights. Smaller, lighter machine guns were also added to aircraft. The German Fighter Ace nicknamed the 'Red Baron' (Manfred von Richthofen) was credited with shooting down 80 Allied aircraft until he was shot down and killed by the British on April 21, 1918.

Facts about US Facts about WW1 for kids - The Troops and Types of Warfare

Facts about US Facts about World War 1 for kids: Battles and types of Warfare
The following fact sheet on US Facts about WW1 also includes the types of warfare used in the Great War.

Facts about US Facts about WW1 for kids - The Troops and Types of Warfare

US Facts about WW1 -  13: The American Expeditionary Force was engaged in 13 campaigns, during the period 1917–1918. The AEF fought with the French Army on the Western Front during the Aisne Offensive (at Château-Thierry and Belleau Wood) in June 1918, and fought its major actions in the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensives in late 1918.

US Facts about WW1 -  14: World War One weapons: A variety of weapons were used in WW1 including weapons such as Rifle, Bayonets, Swords, Knives, Handguns, Machine Guns, Submachine Guns, Grenades, Field Guns, Zeppelin airships (which carried machine guns and bombs), Flamethrowers, Mortars, Tanks, Airplanes and Torpedoes from Submarines.

US Facts about WW1 -  15: The invention of plastic surgery and early techniques of facial reconstruction were pioneered during the Great War as a result of the terrible injuries inflicted on the troops.

US Facts about WW1 -  16: During World War One the Spanish flu caused about 1/3 of total military deaths

US Facts about WW1 -  17: The total cost of World War One for the U.S. was more than $30 billion

US Facts about WW1 -  18: The World War One led to collapse of 4 empires: the Ottoman Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, German Empire and the Russian Empire.

US Facts about WW1 -  19: During WW1 274 German U-boats (submarines) sank 6,596 ships. The first military submarine, called the Turtle, was first used during the American Revolutionary War.

US Facts about WW1 -  20: The Tank warfare played a major role in the war and were initially called "landships".  However they became known as 'tanks' after the British attempted to disguise them as water storage tanks rather than as weapons.

US Facts about WW1 -  21: Some Americans joined the French Foreign Legion or the British or Canadian army before the US declared war on Germany. American Volunteer Pilots in WWI joined the Lafayette Escadrille as the Escadrille Americaine. In 20 months the 38 American Volunteer pilots shot down 57 German planes

US Facts about WW1 -  22: American women who served as telephone operators for General Pershing’s forces in Europe were nicknamed the "Hello Girls".

US Facts about WW1 -  23: 400,000 African Americans were drafted during the war, and over 40,000 African Americans served overseas as combat troops.

US Facts about WW1 -  24: Alvin Cullum York (December 13, 1887 – September 2, 1964), aka Sergeant York, was one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War One and hailed as the greatest American hero of World War I. Sergeant York led an attack on a German machine gun nest during which 28 German soldiers were killed, capturing 132 German soldiers and taking 32 machine guns

US Facts about WW1 -  25: Capt. Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (October 8, 1890 – July 23, 1973) was an American fighter ace in World War I. Eddie received the Medal of Honor with 26 confirmed aerial victories

US Facts about WW1 -  26: Dogs were used in World War I as messengers, carrying orders to the front lines in a capsule attached to their body

US Facts about WW1 -  27: The Leaders of World War 1 were Kaiser Wilhelm II, Tsar Nicholas II, Prince Alexander of Serbia, Sir Edward Grey British Foreign Secretary, President Wilson U.S. President, H. H. Asquith and David Lloyd George.

US Facts about WW1 -  28: The U.S. was in WW1 in actual combat for only 7½ months during which time 116,000 Americans were killed and 204,000 were wounded.

US Facts about WW1 -  29: The famous American battles of WW1 were the Battle of Cantigny (May 28, 1918), Chateau-Thierry (June 3, 1918), Battle of Belleau Wood (June 6, 1918 - June 26, 1918) and the Battle of St. Mihiel (September 12, 1918).

US Facts about WW1 -  30: World War 1 ended when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month on November 11, 1918.

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US Facts about WW1 for kids: American entry and US role World War 1
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