SS | Chapter 4 | WW1

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Which countries were part of the Allies during the First World War?

British Empire, France, Belgium, Serbia, Italy

What was the event that led Britain to declare war on Germany?

Germany's invasion of Belgium

Where did the opposing sides dig long trenches known as the Western Front?

From Belgium to Switzerland

What was the initial expectation about the duration of the First World War?

It would be over by Christmas

How many British soldiers spent time living in the muddy trenches during the First World War?

Over five million

Which battle is referred to as the largest battle of World War 1?

The Battle of the Somme

What event officially ended World War I?

The armistice signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

What is the enduring symbol of remembrance of the First World War?

The red poppy

What is the significance of the date 11 November?

It is Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I

What do people wear on 11 November to remember those who fought and died in conflicts around the world?

Poppies

Who wears red poppies in memory of the fallen during November?

The Queen and members of the Royal Family

What was the hope at the end of World War I?

To end all wars

What was worn by people to remember those who fought and died in conflicts around the world?

Red poppies

Which event marked the first time a tank was used in combat?

The Battle of the Somme

'The Queen does not just wear one poppy but instead several to honour each branch of the armed forces that took part in the war.' Why does she do this?

'To honour each branch of the armed forces that took part in the war'

Study Notes

World War I Overview

  • The Allies during World War I consisted of various countries.
  • Britain declared war on Germany after Germany invaded Belgium, a neutral country.

The Western Front

  • The Western Front was a network of long trenches dug by opposing sides during World War I, spanning from the North Sea to Switzerland.

Expectations and Realities

  • The initial expectation was that the war would be short, but it lasted for four years.
  • Approximately 7 million British soldiers spent time living in the muddy trenches during World War I.

Notable Battles and Events

  • The Battle of Verdun was the largest battle of World War I.
  • The event that officially ended World War I was the Armistice of November 11, 1918.

Remembrance and Symbolism

  • The enduring symbol of remembrance of the First World War is the poppy.
  • November 11 is significant as it marks the Armistice of 1918, which ended World War I.
  • People wear poppies on November 11 to remember those who fought and died in conflicts around the world.
  • In the UK, people, including the Queen, wear red poppies in memory of the fallen during November.

Post-War Hopes and Symbolism

  • The hope at the end of World War I was that it would be the "war to end all wars."
  • The Queen wears multiple poppies to honour each branch of the armed forces that took part in the war.

Tank Development

  • The first time a tank was used in combat was during World War I, marking a significant milestone in military history.

Test your knowledge about the devastating global war that took place between 1914 and 1918, involving troops from across the world and featuring the Allies and the Central Powers. Explore the key events, countries involved, and the impact of the US in this historic conflict.

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