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WORLD WAR I. SPOILS OF WAR. t he assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a secret Serbian society started WWI. Drawing of President Woodrow Wilson writing a declaration of war . CLICK HERE. Typical American uniform during WWI (doughboys). SOLDIERS TRAINING. Alvin York .

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world war i



alvin york
Alvin York
  • He was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a Germanmachine gun nest, taking 32 machine guns, killing 28 German soldiers and capturing 132 others.
kaiser wilhelm
Kaiser Wilhelm
  • Was the Kaiser (president of Germany)
  • Thought Germany could win a easy war
    • Did not take into account the new inventions during this time
typical german uniform wwi
Typical German Uniform WWI
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German military gear

life in the trenches

Tending to wounded

  • Soldier in the Trench
how to look and shoot without getting shot
How to Look and Shoot without Getting Shot
  • During WWI it was very hard for soldiers to fight. If they stuck their head out of the trench they would be suddenly shot by a sniper or machine gun fire.
  • Both sides developed ways to counter act this by modifying their rifles and using periscopes.
no mans land
No Mans land
  • Term used for the area of land between two enemy trenches that neither side wishes to openly move on or take control of due to fear of being attacked by the enemy in the process.
new technology during wwi
New Technology during WWI
  • Gas attacks were used for the first time during WWI.
  • Introduced by the Germans
  • Chlorine and phosgene gases attacked the lungs ripping the very breath out of its victims.
  • Mustard gas was worse. At least a respirator provided some defense against the chlorine and phosgene gases.
  • Mustard gas attacked the skin - moist skin such as the eyes, armpits, and groin. It burned its way into its victim leaving searing blisters and unimaginable pain.
new technology during wwi1
New Technology during WWI
  • New machines and weapons were invented also such as tanks, armored cars, machine guns, and artillery.
  • It was a new war
  • Many people did not realize the impact of new weapons would have on the number of soldiers killed.
  • Big Berthas were giant howitzers used to beat up enemy trenches
  • The Paris Gun was a large gun built to fire on Paris France
  • The gun was capable of hurling a 210 lb shell to a range of 81 miles and a maximum altitude of 25 miles — the greatest height reached by a human-made projectile until the first successful V-2 flight test in October 1942.
  • Had to be carried by railroad and assembled on site
war propaganda
War Propaganda
  • Propaganda is various posters and pictures to make people think one way or another about the war
shell shock
Shell Shock
  • in the past commonly known as shell shock or battle fatigue, is a military term used to categorize a range of behaviors resulting from the stress of battle which decrease the combatant's fighting efficiency. The most common symptoms are fatigue, slower reaction times, indecision, disconnection from one's surroundings, and inability to prioritize.
  • During the war, 306 British soldiers were executed for cowardice, many of them victims of shell shock