World War I began 100 years ago, and in many ways, it almost remains the defining conflict of the modern era.
Here are 7 surprising facts about one of the deadliest wars in the history of mankind!
1- More than 65 million men from 30 countries fought in WWI. Nearly 10 million died. The Allies (The Entente Powers) lost about 6 million soldiers. The Central Powers lost about 4 million.
2- There were over 35 million civilian and soldier casualties in WWI. Over 15 million died and 20 million were wounded
3- The total cost of WWI for the U.S. was more than $30 billion
4- The war claimed the lives of at least 6,000 men a day.
5- During the war, the U.S. shipped about 7.5 million tons of supplies to France to support the Allied effort. That included 70,000 horses or mules, as well as nearly 50,000 trucks, 27,000 freight cars and 1,800 locomotives.
6- Officially a British soldier had to be 19 years old to serve overseas but many lied about their age. About 250,000 under-age boys served. The youngest was discovered to be just 12.
7- World War I was also known as the Great War, the World War, the War of the Nations, and the War to End All Wars.