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World War One: History in an Hour eBook: Rupert Colley: ...
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World War One:
History in an Hour
Rupert Colley
10. It was a very good and detailed book.
I am going to sum up one of the chapters: One of the chapters is called Assassination of an Archduke. This chapter is in the beginning of the book because it leads up to World War 1. What happened is that the archduke (leader) who is Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungry was assassinated by a Serbian terrorist group known as the Black Hand. So in June 1914 the archduke was going to the capital of Austria-Hungry to inspect soldiers for their army. The country Bosnia was a recent and unwilling addition to the Austria-Hungry empire. Bosnian Serbs dreamt of freedom. Groups formed to try to gain their independence through violence. The people there to commit the murder were obviously people part of the black hand and one of their names was Gavrilo Princip. He and a bunch of comrades were there and each had a bomb, a gun and in the event of failure a pill of cyanide (stuff to kill you.) They joined a 6 kilometer line and waited for the cars to come through. The first two would be assassins lost their nerves, while the third managed to throw his bomb. Only injuring a driver. Then after the archduke delivered a speech he decided to visit the wounded driver in a hospital. His driver on the way to the hospital took a wrong turn where Pricip was and he shot the archduke and his wife. This would basically start World War 1.

Exploration for the month linked here: I am doing some facts about WW1 and the top four bloodiest battles of the war
  1. The Germans were the first to use flamethrowers and mustard gas in WW1
  2. There were almost 35 million soldiers and civilians who died in WW1
  3. During WW1 the Spanish flu caused about 1/3 of all deaths
  4. Russia mobilized 12 million troops during WWI, making it the largest army in the war. More than 3/4 were killed, wounded, or went missing in action.
  5. During WWI, British tanks were initially categorized into “males” and “females.” Male tanks had cannons, while females had heavy machine guns.h
  6. Little Willie was the first prototype tank in WWI. Built in 1915, it carried a crew of three and could travel as fast as 3 mph
  7. Dogs were used in WW1 to carry messages and lay down telegraph wires
  8. Tanks were initially called landships. However, in an attempt to disguise them as water storage tanks rather than as weapons, the British decided to code name them tanks
  9. On Christmas Eve in 1914, soldiers on both sides of the Western Front sung carols to each other. On Christmas Day troops along 2/3 of the Front declared a truce.
  10. More than 500,000 pigeons carried messages between headquarters and the front lines

  1. The Hundred Day Offensive which killed 1,855,369
  2. The Spring Offensive which killed 1,539,715
  3. The Battle of the Somme which killed 1,219,201
  4. The Battle of Verdun which killed 976,000