That's also where those deadly avalanches we mentioned came into play: More than 10,000 soldiers died on a single day, when someone apparently pissed in a Yeti's cornflakes on Dec. 13, 1916. There's even speculation that the combatants weaponized Mother Nature, intentionally triggering avalanches above their enemies by launching artillery into the snow. Of course, something like that is difficult to prove, seeing as how any eyewitnesses are, you know, currently buried in a glacier. That's not to say no evidence is forthcoming, however: Letters, journals, and, holy shit, freeze-mummified soldiers are gradually finding their way out of the ice to this day.
History Class Is Euro-Centric, But World War I Really Was A Global Conflict
Museum of Yugoslav Aviation in Belgrade
Doesn't the first W in "WWI" seem like sort of a misnomer? It's an international conflict in the same sense that the World Series is an international contest: It should be called the Great European War instead.
Actually, despite Western education's tendency to focus on the more European parts of the conflict, the first declarations of war were by Austria-Hungary against Serbia, and by Germany against Russia. Japan was early to step in as an ally of Russia, sending 23,000 troops and six battleships to capture the German colony in Tsingtao, China, and later captured German-held islands throughout the South Pacific. South Africa invaded German Southwest Africa. Meanwhile, German General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck fought a guerrilla war in British East Africa for four years, and couldn't even be assed to surrender until two weeks after the Armistice, still undefeated at the head of a standing army of locally recruited African troops.
via Huffington Post
Also, this happened.
The British had troops in the Middle East, battles raged in the Balkans, German U-boats sank merchant shipping vessels throughout the Atlantic as well as the Mediterranean, and Germany even tried to spur Mexico into invading the United States, back before the U.S. had even entered the war.
The French brought in supplementary troops from their colonies in Indochina (modern-day Vietnam), as well as Tunisia, Senegal, and Sudan. And, of course, the British called in their colonial armies everywhere from Canada to Australia and New Zealand (the Anzacs, famous for fighting in the Gallipoli Campaign in Turkey), not to mention laborers from around the world, including India and China. In mid-1918, even Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, and Honduras joined in against Germany.
So just, all of this.
That's a whole lot of words to say that, damn straight, World War I earned every last bit of its moniker. Hell, if Germany hopped in a giant balloon and went to the moon, the world would have fought those sons of bitches in space, too.
Bryan Johnson dedicates this article to his great-grandfather, Sgt. Maj. Sidney Markham, Royal Marines Light Infantry (Battle of Mons, First Battle of Ypres, Second Battle of Ypres, Third Battle of Ypres). He also has a website about the Great War.
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