1) Slugs were used to detect poison gas attacks.
2) There were separate battalions, called “bantam battalions”, for short men (under 5’4″ tall).
Source: B.C. Bantams
3) A fake Paris was constructed to fool German pilots.
4) By war’s end, it was estimated that 1,000 Canadian soldiers were marrying European women (mostly British) each month.
5) Pilots in the Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force were not allowed to have parachutes.
6) Daylight Savings Time was first used during the First World War as a way to conserve coal.
7) The Halifax Explosion (1917) was the largest man-made explosion to occur before the dropping of the atomic bombs in the Second World War.
8) White feathers were frequently given to men in civilian clothing to label them as cowards, but on more than one occasion the recipient was in fact a soldier returned from the front.
9) Tanks were categorized as ‘male’ and ‘female’. Female tanks had only machine guns, while male tanks had a 6-pounder cannon.
10) During the Christmas of 1914, Allied and German soldiers met in ‘No Man’s Land’ to exchange greetings, gifts, and play football.
Source: Wikipedia – Christmas Truce
Compiled by Kaylee Dyck