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WW1 Slang, Firsts and Facts
The Great War 1914 - 18
    World War 1 Slang Words Used

The following words were first used in the trenches of WW1, and are still used today!

Over the Top,     Trench Coat,      Ace,        Buddy,    Pushing up the Daisies,               Red Tape,       Zoom,     Sniper,               Washout,           Cootie,      Tune Up,          In the Pink,        Zero Hour,          Zoom,        Busted ,       Guy                    Ticked Off,          Put a Sock in it,               Hit the Deck,     Washout,            Rookie,     Coffin nail, Seconds,           Fed Up,              Rise & Shine,               Pipe down,        Mess up,            Get knocked off,          Hike,                  Gadget,               Kick the Bucket,         Rank & File,      Chow Down,       Bull,           Cushy, Scrounge,          Shot(inoculation),                 Humdinger, Missed the Bus,    Basket Case

    World War 1 Firsts    
    First war to be fought on 3 continents.
First industrialised conflict.
First use of chlorine & mustard gas.
First use of the flame thrower.
First tank battle.
First use of mass airplanes.
First use of x-ray in the military.
First use of a blood bank.
First use of guide dogs by blinded soldiers.
First four-star general, General John J. Pershing
First use of trillion in estimating war costs.
First commissioning of war art for propaganda.
First use of the IQ Test given to Doughboys of 1917.
First U.S. president to visit a European country
while in office was Woodrow Wilson on 12/04/18.

Sopwith Camel
    World War 1 Facts    

On a 10 mile front in Flanders Field, Belgium in 1917 over
5,000,000 (5 million) artillery shells were fired in 3 day period.

The Last Post is still sounded each night at 6 p.m. at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium to honour the War Dead. (Suspended only during the occupation by Germany during the Second World War)

During the course
There were 70,000,000 (70 million) men and women in uniform of that number one-half were either killed, wounded or became prisoners of war.

Of the Great War 11% of Frances's entire population was killed or wounded.

During the summer and fall of 1914, France lost as many men on the battlefield as the U.S.Army would lose in all of the 20th century!



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