world war i began in which year

World War I took the lives of more than 9 million soldiers; 21 million more were wounded. Civilian casualties caused indirectly by the war numbered close to 10 million. The two nations most affected were Germany and France, each of which sent some 80 percent of their male populations between the ages of 15 and 49 into battle. The political disruption surrounding World War I also contributed to the fall of four venerable imperial dynastiesБGermany, Austria-Hungary, Russia and Turkey.


World War I brought about massive social upheaval, as millions of women entered the workforce to support men who went to war, and to replace those who never came back. The first global war also helped to spread one of the worldБs deadliest global pandemics, the
epidemic of 1918, which killed an estimated 20 to 50 million people. World War I has also been referred to as Бthe first modern war. Б Many of the technologies we now associate with military conflictБmachine guns, aerial combat and radio communicationsБwere introduced on a massive scale during World War I. The severe effects that such as mustard gas and phosgene had on soldiers and civilians during World War I galvanized public and military attitudes against their continued use.


The agreements, signed in 1925, restricted the use of chemical and biological agents in warfare, and remains in effect today. The First World War spanned four years and involved many nation states.


This section lists the landmark events of the year 1914, the first year of the war which began as the widely expected war of movement, but which inexplicably (to contemporary eyes) settled into stubborn trench warfare. For a day by day account click any given month using the sidebar to the right. Saturday, 22 August, 2009 "Hun" was a slang term used by the allies, to describe the Germans. "Boche" was another. - Did you know?

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