One hundred years have passed since World War I took the lives of more than 16 million people, revealed the stakes of modern warfare and brought the importance of solid international relations to the global stage. Rooted in complex histories of territory disputes, conflicting governing styles and regional power struggles, from 1914 until 1919 Russia, France, the British Empire, Serbia, Belgium, Italy, United States, Japan and others slowly came together as allies against the central powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria.
As these nations pieced together “The Great War,” the power and technology of the time were tested. Massive tanks and modern machine guns rained down on the winding, soldier-filled trenches of the Western Front. Lethal gas suffocated unmasked soldiers. Bombs dropped from the air onto innocent civilians. U-Boats sunk merchant ships at will.
But the war also led to the first global alliance, The League of Nations, which formed the framework for today’s United Nations.
The war ended with a truce that took effect on November 11th, 1918 at 11:11 A.M., known as Armistice day in Europe. We mark it each year on Veterans Day. Learn more about the events that led to the war and what eventually ended it in the timeline below.
wow 16 million people risked their lives to fight for our country, i solute all that risked there loves for our country, thank you america, and the u.s.a. Millatery.
I think that sending kids through simulated WWl trenches and battles can make them feel like they finally understand what people went through to protect them and their ancestors. People nowadays are so greedy and spoiled while there are people who were in the military sleep on the street. If people really knew what soldiers went through, this world would be a whole lot more peaceful. Over in other countrys, kids are forced to go to war with adults as well, and when kids over here cant have a toy they have fits thinking that there life is the worst. And, what makes me really sick, Is that when people think of a soldiers, they think of a CAUCASIAN MALE. Back in World War 1 hundreds of thousands of African American lives were lost in battle and we still treated them terrible. But now people are treating African Americans even worse. And after the 2016 election came to a close some of the biggest riots in years happened against Trump. Believe me I hate trump just as much, but you don’t see me parading around shouting, and breaking windows kicking trash cans. People get worked up to easily nowadays. I just wish this world could live in peace and just get along.
I think it is sad that those who risked there lives for us died and people can’t respect that.
that’s so true