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At the end of the war, Woodrow Wison, the 28th president of the United States, felt that there should be no winners or losers declared. it should be a peace of equality. He also felt that there should exist an organization that would act as intermediary in disputes between nations preventing wars. The League of Nations was developed for that purpose. Even though Wilson was a big proponent of the League, he could not convince Congress to support U. S. entry in the organization. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives voted against U. S. involvement.

Some interesting facts are listed below.

  1. As many as 8.5 million soldiers and 13 million civilians died as a result of the war.
  2. After the war, German militarists perpetuated the myth that the German Army was undefeated in battle, undermining faith in the civilian government of the Weimar Republic.
  3. Imperial dynasties in Austria-Hungary, Germany, the Ottoman Empire, and Russia collapsed.
  4. Mass movement of troops and refugees helped spread the Spanish flu, a devastating influenza pandemic that claimed as many as 50 million lives in 1918-19.
  5. Ottoman territories in the Middle East are divided among the victorious Allied powers at the Conference of San Remo.
  6. The League of Nations is established, but its effectiveness is hampered by the non-participation of the United States.
  7. Due to the severity of burn wounds suffered, doctors developed a means of repair now known as plastic surgery.
  8. Because of the need for blood during operations on the wounded, blood banks were established.
  9. From the treatment of mustard gas victims, chemotherapy was discovered.
  10. From the treatment of mustard gas victims, chemotherapy was discovered.
  11. Nearly 13,000 Native Americans fought in the war despite not having US citizenship.
  12. Five independent nations emerged at the end of the war: Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.
  13. German and British soldiers called a truce on Christmas in 1914 and played a soccer game together.
  14. When World War 1 began in the summer of 1914, most people assumed the war would be finished by Christmas.
  15. The booming of the artillery at the Western front could sometimes be heard all the way back in Britain.
  16. A British soldier spared the life of a wounded German soldier. That wounded soldier was Adolf Hitler.
  17. Dogs and pigeons were used to deliver messages between command posts and the front lines.
  18. The King of England, the Tsar of Russia and the German Emperor were first cousins. Their common ancestor was Queen Victoria of Great Britain.
  19. A meeting on 15 March 1919 of one thousand American officers and enlisted personnel in Paris. At that meeting an organization of American service men and veterans, regardless of branch of service, was created. The American Legion was chartered by the United States Congress later that year.

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