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Five things you probably didn’t know about World War One

By Sairra Misra and Eleonora Zaures
Staff reporters
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100 years ago, World War one came to an end. It was a significant moment in history that is today celebrated by millions of people. Most people know the basic information of this worldwide war, however, there are many hidden facts you probably don’t know about…

  • Plastic surgery was invented because of the First World War

Many victims had terrible facial injuries, Surgeon Harold Gillies helped them with one of the earliest examples of plastic surgery. From then on his techniques improved and plastic surgery is now a common use in our society.

  • The youngest British soldier was just 12 years old.

Sidney Lewis a 12 year old boy, lied about his age so that he could join the war and fight for his country. However he wasn’t the only one, over 250,000 underage soldiers lied about their age so that they could enlist.

  • Journalists risked their lives to report on WW1

British Government wanted to control the information published, banning all Journalists from reporting any information from the trenches. If caught, a journalist would face the death penalty. Despite this, a handful of journalists did report on the war to show the harsh conditions the soldiers faced.

  • 9 out of 10 British soldiers survived

Surprisingly, 9 out of 10 British soldiers survived in the war. This is because of they mostly moved around the trench system constantly and were not very often in the firing line.

  • A battlefield explosion in France was heard in England

A mine that detonated 900,000lbs explosives destroyed the German front line but it was so loud and powerful, that the British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George heard it all the way in London.

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