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The Allies lost 2.2 planes for every one lost by Germany and
the Central Powers
The temperature in the gondolas of Zeppelins
would often fall to -25°C and below
To become a British ‘Ace’ a British fighter pilot had to score 5 kills.
It was the same for French and American pilots
The most successful fighter of the entire war
was Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen.
He shot down 80 planes.
The Royal Flying Corps decided not to issue their pilots with parachutes
because they thought that this would encourage them to bail out of
their distressed plane rather than try to bring it home safely
There were 3 separate Armistices signed
towards the end of the war:
Turkey signed an armistice on 30 October 1918,
Austria-Hungary signed one on 3 November,
and finally, Germany signed an Armistice on 11
The original peace treaty signed by Germany on 11 November was
only actually valid for 30 days but was continually renewed until the
signing of the Treaty of Versailles
The Treaty of
Versailles was the
after the war had
ended. It was signed
on 28th June 1919
French Field Marshal
Ferdinand Foch, who was
of the opinion the
restrictions on Germany
didn’t go far enough, said
of the Treaty of Versailles:
‘This is not peace. It is an
Armistice for twenty
All of these facts have been
taken from The First World War
Fact Book by Scott Addington
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