25 Mind-Blowing World War I Facts That Shaped the World

Published: 20 April 2024

By Theodorus II
via the List25 website


“Hello Girls,” as American soldiers called them, were American women who served as telephone operators for Pershing’s forces in Europe. The women were fluent in French and English and were specially trained by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company. In 1979, the U.S. Army finally gave war medals and veteran benefits to the few Hello Girls who were still alive.

Every time the term “world war” comes up, for most people, their minds are likely to be drawn to World War II, the reign of the Nazis in Germany, and the Holocaust among other things. However, not too many truly appreciate the vast global impact that World War I made and how it triggered a sequence of significant historical occurrences that shaped the trajectory of mankind’s history. Here are 25 astonishing truths that emphasize the prime significance of World War I as one of the crucial happenings in human history.

25.  During WWI, American hamburgers (named after the German city of Hamburg) were renamed Salisbury steak. Frankfurters, which were named after Frankfurt, Germany, were called “liberty sausages,” and dachshunds became “liberty dogs.” Schools stopped teaching German, and German-language books were burned.


24.  Soldiers in the trenches were highly superstitious. Some believed that angels had appeared over the trenches to save them from disaster while phantom cavalry were also seen.

23.  None of the soldiers wore metal helmets in 1914. The French were the first to introduce them in 1915. Future prime minister Winston Churchill wore a French one during his time on the front in 1916.

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