A war lasting from 1914 to 1918 between two groups of allied countries, the Allied and the Central Powers.
Important Allied Powers:
The British Empire
Russia (Until 1917)
United States (After 1917)
Important Central Powers:
The Ottoman Empire
This unfortunate conflict led to the deaths of millions of men on each side, nearly an entire generation wiped out. Entire classes of schoolboys signed up and died together.
The fighting parties at that time - Spring 1917 - were ready for peace when America entered. The 1916 disasters of Jutland, Verdun and Somme had taken most, if not all, of the fighting spirit out of Germany, Britain and France. There had been already several peace-proposals from German and Austrian sides and there were attempts at mediation going on by neutral Danish, Swedish and even American negotiators. Peace at that moment would have saved over one million British, French, American, and other lives. But because the United States suddenly wanted their share of the war all peace-talk became useless.
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