first published on March 14, 2018 by Will
World War I, also laughably known as the War to End All Wars, began in Europe on 28 July 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, and the war was fought until 11 November 1918.
Although four years doesn’t seem like a long war in relation to today’s perpetual conflicts, it was massive in scale, spanning multiple continents. Over 70 million troops took part, making it one of the largest wars in history.
Over 16 million people died as a result of the war, whether it was from the fighting, disease, famine, or genocide.
World War I was like nothing seen before. American Civil War style tactics met modern day machine guns and weaponry.
Horses, spears, swords, automatic weapons, aircraft, explosive munitions, and poisonous gas all culminated to make one incredibly hellish fight.
The war itself was one of international necessity. Outdated political borders no longer represented the people living inside and across them. As a result of the war, four major empires collapsed: the German, Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, and Russian. Many nations regained their former independence, and new nation states were created.