The World Wars have always been incredibly interesting, albeit very destructive, topics. The battles that took place were gory and disturbing, with men and young boys dying in muddy trenches on both sides. It took days – sometimes months – just to fight for a few yards in the midst of trench warfare.
The invention of plastic surgery was kickstarted by World War 1 when Harold Gillies, a surgeon, took on a case to reconstruct facial injuries following shrapnel impacts.
During the war, the British often used fresh supplies of male semen as an invisible ink to prevent the smell of the writing from being detected by the enemy.
In 1914, both British and German troops decided to call a ceasefire around the holiday season. They called this the Christmas Truce. The two sides played a game of soccer, with Germany winning 3-2.
Henry Tandey, the single most highly decorated private within the British army, refused to fire on Adolf Hitler, who was just a solider at the time, despite having him lined up. He believed it wasn’t right to shoot an injured soldier.
Both the United States and the British considered parachutes to be a sign of being a coward. Because of this, the two nations refused their fighter pilots’ requests for having one.
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