Category: WW1

There is a monument to honor the almost one million (often forgotten) Allied horses who died during the First World War. Of one million drafted horses, only 62,000 returned in 1918.

When one of the greatest combat pilots of all time the “Red Baron” was shot down and killed in combat, his enemies buried him with full military honors and a wreath that said: “To Our Gallant and Worthy Foe”.

Charlie Chaplin was criticized because he did not volunteer during the First World War. Although he registered for the U.S. draft, he received thousands of white feathers and angry letters. It was later revealed that he was rejected because he was undersized and underweight.

A British WWI Prisoner was released by the Germans so that he could visit his dying mother, and then returned as he had made a promise to Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Fish and chips is historically so important to the UK that in WWI, the British government made safeguarding supplies of them a priority and during WWII, Churchill refused to ration the dish.

Photo : Andrew Dunn / wikipedia

Teddy Roosevelt’s son fought in WWI as a pilot. He was killed in a dogfight and his plane crashed behind enemy lines. The Germans gave him a full military burial with honors. Reportedly, they admired that a president’s son chose to fight.

During WWI, a Canadian soldier smuggled his bear ‘Winnipeg’ into Britain, and she later became an attraction at a London Zoo. A boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved ‘Winnie’ so much that he named his own teddy after her, inspiring his father to write stories about a silly old bear who loves honey.

Russia banned the sale of vodka during World War I. The government immediately lost a third of its income.

American soldiers paying tribute to all the horses that lost their life in World War I, 1918

A goat called Sergeant Bill, who became a Canadian war hero during WWI when he head-butted three soldiers into a trench to avoid an exploding shell.

(Photo: Broadview Museum)