25 Mind-Blowing Facts About World War I That Shaped The World

When most people hear the term “world war” their mind automatically goes to World War II, Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust among other things. However, not many are aware of the immense global effect World War I had and how it triggered a series of other historical events that shaped human history. Here’s a list of 25 shocking facts that prove how World War I was indeed one of the most significant events in the history of humankind.

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Famous people who served include the writers A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, Lord of The Rings author JRR Tolkien, sculptor Henry Moore, and the actor Basil Rathbone.

JRR Tolkien

Periscope rifles were developed to see over the twelve-foot trenches. Other new weapons included flamethrowers and tanks. In 1915, the first tank was called Little Willie. Tanks were split into males, armed with cannons, and females, usually armed with machine guns.


For that matter, the Germans were the first to use flamethrowers in WWI. Their flamethrowers could fire jets of flame as far as 130 feet (40 m).


The Eiffel Tower intercepted German radio messages leading to the execution of Dutch exotic dancer and arguably the most famous female spy in history: Mata Hari. Though she always denied being a spy, the French executed her in 1917.

Mata Hari

During WWI, dogs were used as messengers and carried orders to the front lines in capsules attached to their bodies. Dogs were also used to lay down telegraph wires.

dogs of war

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