World War 1
By Trevor Feckers
What was World War 1?
World War 1 was a war fought between many nations from 1914-1918. There were two alliances fighting. One was the Allies (Triple Entente) and the other was the Central Powers. Siding with the Allies were: Russia, France, the British Empire, Italy, the United States, Japan, Romania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, and Montenegro. The Central Powers consisted of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria. The Central Powers wanted a very large empire and the largest military force.
What led up to World War 1?
Many factors led up to World War 1. One was the assassination of the archduke of Austria (Franz Ferdinand) and his pregnant wife. The assassination was planned by a group of Serbians called "The Black Hand" and took place in Austria-Hungary's capital. A second factor was the province of Bosnia. The Austria-Hungary forces took over Bosnia and upset Serbia in 1909. In the pre-war, countries were building up there military forces and wanted to regain territory that had been lost in previous conflicts. In 1911, France possessed Morocco and this upset Germany because they wanted more land.
The U.S. in world war 1
The United States entered World War 1 on April 6, 1917, siding with the Allies when the Lusitania was sunk by the Germans. In response, the United States deployed over four million troops. Out of the four million troops sent, 110,000 soldiers were killed overseas. About 43,000 troops were not killed by the enemy, but sickness. At the time, the influenza pandemic was taking place and claimed the lives of many soldiers.