Debunking The Common Folklore And Myths About World War I

World War I did have massive impacts on the economy and the social status of several countries across the world. With so many alliances formed, the entire event is one that left the world history in shreds.

If you have always been inquisitive about this historical event, chances are that some of the facts you know are nothing but myths.

For the most part, there are still some facts that haven’t been set straight and need better explanation to be justified.

Until that is done, let us unravel some of the myths that we know are not true.

Bloodshed was nothing like any other war

It is true that hundreds and thousands of people died in the war but it isn’t the bloodiest war in history.

Around five decades before the First World War was announced, China was devastatingly hit by an even bigger war. This left killing over 20-30 million people all across the country.

Bigger than World War I, the Civil War is considered to be the nastier one in the lot. More people witnessed their deaths across Britain, Scotland, and Ireland that took place around during the Civil War.

Men lived in trenches

It is a myth that people believe that the men lived in trenches even year following the great war. The British army was well aware that living in trenches wasn’t the safest.

This was the reason why they always shuffled their army around different places to keep them safe through it all. Out of the 30 days in the month, only a single unit in the entire army spent 10 days in the trench and not more than that.

The British personnel was oftentimes rotated out following a day or two of their stay. So, no, they didn’t stay for months on end.

Maximum soldiers died

War means death but when it comes to the death rate of the soldiers being the maximum in World War I, it isn’t the truth.

Around 700,000 soldiers died and over six million Britain soldiers were immobilized.

The rates of death of the soldiers were a lot more in case of the Crimean War which was held.

The upper class didn’t face the wrath

It is a very common belief that during such wars, it is the common and ordinary people who experienced the wrath. With World War I, that wasn’t just the case.

Apart from the common people, the elite class people did have to face the wrath of the war as well. Majority of the people from high socio-political influence had to send their sons as the junior officers in the battle.

This itself is enough of a rendition of the fact that World War I didn’t spare the elite and the rich as well.

The myths around World War I are endless. Owing to the fact that not many people take grave interest in history, the majority of them are thought to be myths and not the factual truth.

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