The World War I Ended

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In late June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated. A rise of threats and mobilization orders followed the event, leading to the outbreak of World War I, which pitted Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire (the so-called Central Powers) against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Japan (the Allied Powers). The Allies were joined after 1917 by the United States. The four years of the Great War–as it was then known–saw unprecedented levels of carnage and destruction, thanks to grueling trench warfare and the introduction of modern weaponry such as machine guns, tanks and chemical weapons. By the time World War I ended in the defeat of the Central Powers in November 1918, more than 9 million soldiers had been killed and 21 million more wounded. New weapons revolutionized combat in World War One.
Combat morphed from a rapid, noble and relatively ephemeral thing to a new model: trench warfare.
There were many wars before the Great War, or World War 1. The Revolutionary war and The Civil War were the two major wars before the occurrence of World War 1. Both of these wars produced many casualties. During The Civil, at least 618,000 Americans died. Today, The Civil War still has the greatest number of American casualties than any other war. Another major war prior to the First World War was the American Revolution. During this time there was approximately 50,000 dead or wounded American soldiers.
The technology during these two wars was very…
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