The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the event that launched the world into a war that would span more than four years and occupy every ocean and nearly every continent of the world. But do you know which terrorist group was responsible for the assassination of Ferdinand?
This was the war that pitted the Central Powers (Germany. Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire) against the eventual winners, the Allied forces. But with advancements in warfare strategy and military technology, more than 16 million people, soldier and civilian alike, died by the end of the war, leaving many to wonder if there ever was a winner.
This was the war to end all wars, yet would sadly be repeated with even worse carnage 20 years later. How much do you know about the first world war? Well, you're about to test your limits. Do you know which weapon discovered by the Greeks was never implemented in warfare until World War I? Or, can you recall the nickname for the famous German fighter ace later parodied by a comical dog?
The history of World War I is a horrific time in history, but thanks to buffs like you, we'll be cautioned against repeating the past. Are you ready to arm the trenches and take up this quiz? It's time to lead the attack!
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria started the world on the road to war.
Lofting first penned stories about Dr. Dolittle in illustrated letters to his children.
Best estimates place the total at around $32 billion. To put that into perspective, the figure is a little over half of the U.S. gross national product (GNP) for the period.
The famous phrase is a quote from Woodrow Wilson.
There was a 20-year gap between WWI and WWII. Numerous experts believe sanctions imposed on Germany and other lingering issues helped set the groundwork for WWII.
The two groups were the Allied Powers (e.g., Britain, France, Italy, Russia) and the Central Powers (e.g., Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria).
In the lexicon of war, the big guys sport the most firepower. For the British, that meant female tanks were outfitted with machine guns and male tanks had cannons.
That would be Woodrow Wilson. He manned the Oval Office from 1913 to 1921.
Russia's army was made up of approximately 12 million soldiers. Its military sustained heavy losses during the war. An estimated 1.7 million soldiers were killed, and 4.9 million were wounded.
Best estimates place the figure at 8 million.
Germany's Big Bertha was a howitzer style gun that lobbed high elevation shells. Don't let the cute name fool you. This behemoth could fire a 2,200-pound shell a distance of 9 miles.
That would be concrete. Some specimens from that period are still in existence today.
The first military tanks looked a little like the steel water tanks of the time — and a new name was born.
Although there is some dispute among different sources, there were an estimated eight million military deaths.
The conflict would grow to include at least 32 nations.
It began on July 28, 1914 and ended November 11, 1918. All told, the war lasted four years, three months and two weeks.
Pigeons and dogs both participated in the war effort by carrying messages across enemy lines.
To ace this one, a pilot would have to shoot down five enemy aircraft.
That would be the Serbian secret society known as the Black Hand.
The number stands at around 6.6 million.
The German U-boat, or unterseeboot, was a submarine.
A total of 274 U-boats sank an estimated 6,596 ships.
A machine gun of the time could fire 600 rounds in 60 seconds.
The popular ground beef steak was rechristened the Salisbury steak.
First used in WWI, mustard gas (sulfur mustard) is a cytotoxin that causes irritation and blistering to the skin and lungs.
The use of poison gas resulted in an estimated 500,000 casualties over the course of the war.
Shell shock was the early 20th century term used to refer to what we now know as PTSD.
That would be around 500,000.
The 44,060 ton Lusitania sank in 15 minutes.
Trench foot is an infection, usually of the tissues on and around the foot. It is caused by prolonged exposure to dirty water or mud, and characterized by itching, pain and swelling. In the later stages, it can cause numbness, the formation of blisters and necrosis.