Facts About World War 1

World War 1, a war which happened just to end wars in future, in reality set the spark for another one. World war I began in the year 1914 and lasted almost till 1919.
| Monday, September 27, 2010
"A country cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war" - Albert Einstein

Why wars are fought if they have no outcome that can cause the betterment of mankind? World War 1 is one such event that depicted the true nature of man and His centuries long quest to show power and to conquer.

Causes of World War 1 

Antagonism, malice and competition to acquire colonies, among some European nations are said to be the actual building blocks that caused World War 1. Other episodes are as listed below:

  • The assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the prince of Austria by Serbian activist worsened relations between Austro-Hungary and Serbia. Austro-Hungary declared war against Serbia and their ally Germany declared war against Russia since it supported Serbia. France rose against Germany. Furthermore Britain too declared war against Germany. Eventually the war spread throughout Europe.
  • Disturbances at the Italian front.
  • Conflicts began to rise at the Balkans and the Middle East.
  • Imbalance among the powers of Europe due to constant colonial conflicts.
  • Development of Great War groups due to alliances and treaties.

'Power Groups'

One group was formed by Russia, France and Britain. The group was known as ‘Triple Entente’. The other group comprised of Germany, Austria, Turkey and their allies and was popularly known as the ‘Central Powers’. In the later phase USA joined ‘Triple Entente’. Italy was called as the ‘Group changing nation’ since it initially joined the ‘Central Powers’ but later on shifted over to ‘Triple Entente’.

World War 1 Time-Line

World War 1 lasted for very long time and was spread at almost every corner causing conflicts and destruction. The time-line of the war was as follows: pre 1914 period in which fights were rising between European nations; 1914-1918 which was the actual war period; end of 1918 was the period that marked the end of the battles and the nations began signing treaties; post 1919 wherein tensions at certain places prevailed.

World War 1 Combat

  • Machine guns were first used in the World War 1.
  • The allies developed tanks in this war.
  • Poison gas was made use of in the battlefields by both the groups
  • Both groups had invented sophisticated aircrafts of those times which were used during air raids.

Post World War 1

The World War 1 finally ended in late 1918 with tremendous destruction of life and property.

  • The nations who were defeated in the war, signed a treaty with the allied nations.
  • Treaty of Versailles was signed with Germany but this treaty has been regarded as the root cause of destructions that followed later.
  • The First World War took a death toll of almost eight million lives and injured around thirty million which proves the disastrous impact of the war.
  • Due to a heavy loss of troops, millions of men were sent into the military to make up the loss. This created a job surge and a great demand for workers. Women too were employed to fulfill the manpower demand wherever required.

What motive did the World War 1 achieve by its occurrence is still a puzzle. The causes that led to the war are still under research. Poets and historians of those times wrote down the various tragic episodes that occurred during the battles. The war gained lot of criticism for the major losses that it caused.

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