History of WWI

History of WWI

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  • The Spark that caused WWI
  • The Sinking of the Lusitania
  • The Zimmerman Telegram
  • TELEGRAM: To Mexico From Germany Us, The Germans want to propose to you an alliance to help us get our and your countries back. We will declare submarine warfare on the first of February. If you accept, we will help you declare war on the U.S., gain our land, and provide peace to your land. SIGNED, ZIMMERMAN
  • Arch Duke Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated on June 28th, 1914. They were heirs to the Austria Hungary throne. This was the main spark of WWI.
  • Central and Allied Powers
  • The U.S didn't get involved in the war until 1916, but we still sent goods and supplies to our British and French allies by merchant ships. The sinking of the Lusitania happened on May 7th, 1915. A German U-boat sank the ship which had 128 passengers.
  • New Tech & Trench Warfare
  • After the sinking of the Lusitania, a telegram was sent to Mexico. The Germans asked Mexico to help them gain their countries back. (Texas, New Mexico, etc.). This was known as the Zimmerman Telegram.
  • The Armistice & Treaty
  • The central powers consisted of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey (Ottoman Empire) The allied powers were the U.S., Russia, France, Italy, U.K., and others. Each power had different alliances and technology.
  • Most of the newer technology consisted of Tanks, Planes, Artillery, Machine guns and Anti-tank rifles, and Chemicals. Trench warfare was very harsh, most soldiers got trench foot dut the the cold and moist temps. Chemical warfare was illegal as well.
  • Oh my goodness! Are you ok Fred?
  • Yeah I'm ok, Shrapnel in the arm, Ill be fine.
  • The armistice happened toward the end of the war. Germany had to surrender all of it's U-boats and had to cancel the treaty with Russia. They eventually surrendered on Nov. 11th 1918 and paid heavy fines cause we blamed them for all the causes (Treaty of Versailles) The League of Nations and Wilson's 14 points helped to stop future wars.
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