One hundred years since the United States joined World War I

American World War IAmerican World War I fighter pilot Eddie Rickenbacker poses with his Spad airplane. Airplanes became weapons in World War I. Airplanes were employed at first for reconnaissance, but air battles soon followed as each side tried to shoot down the enemy's observation planes. Thursday, April 6, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, and some of the innovations that were developed or came into wide use during the conflict are still with us today. (AP Photo, File)

Today 100 years ago the United States finally decided in joining the war. The war to end all wars claimed at least 18 million lives. However many of the war’s deadliest inventions are still being used today.

April 6, marks the one hundredth aniversity to the United States joining in.

USA on this date chose to enter on the side of with Britain, France and Russia in the fight against Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire.

The United States joined the war after it had been raging for three years, and just one year before the war ended on 11 November 1918. At that time, 115,000 Americans lost their lives in the war, mostly due to military incompetence.

Many weapons and instruments of war have prevailed.

Tanks, Machine guns, chemical weapons, submarine’s and warplanes are all inventions that originated in the First World War, and are still being used as instruments of war to this day.

Altogether more than 18 million lives were lost in World War I, dwarfed only by WW II in terms of people killed by hostilities induced by others.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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