In November we learned about World War I. We learned that it was known as “The War to end all Wars” or “The Great War”. The event that started it was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. However, we know that was not the main reason. The war started because of greediness. Countries wanted to expand their empires.
We also learned that posters were designed to persuade people to join the army. No one actually won the war. We say that the Allies won but so many people died that no one really won at all. The Germans had to pay for all the damage done in the First World War and they made the last payment in 2013.
The first planes were flown in World War I. The first pilots just used simple hand guns to kill but as the war went on they used machine guns. It was a bit of trouble because the bullets would hit the propellers but the Germans made the machine guns to shoot in time with the propellers. A German invented an airship to bomb the city of London. However these were easy to shoot down because they were very slow. A total of 3,240,948 tonnes of food was sent from Britain to the soldiers in the trenches. The British army had over 300,000 field workers to cook and supply food.
The trenches were a terrible place. It was soggy, rat infested and full of diseases. The soldiers were forced to eat dog biscuits and stew. Another few problems were lice and rats. Rats carried diseases of different types which didn’t have cures.
By Nathan Dee and Darren Concannon