Friday, June 6, 2008

A Lesson in History

I am a bit of a nerd. This is not a problem for me, nor is it something that should surprise anyone. And being a bit of a nerd, I enjoy history. I wouldn't really consider myself a history buff, but I do find history to be fascinating.

Last week my aunt and uncle were in town for a wedding, and we went to the Liberty Memorial and World War I Museum, which I had not been to. It was amazing! I (of course) took a ton of photos. The museum was laid out really well, and presented the information in a fantastic way. If you like history and have the chance, I highly recommend a visit - although it isn't a place that would be good for young kids.

These are a few shots from the museum - we also went to the top of the Liberty Memorial, but those deserve a post all their own, so I will share those next week.

DSC_0097 WWI Museum

Liberty Memorial Poppies - remake of Flanders Field WWI Museum 3 - Restored Tank

WWI Museum 11 - Model T CarWWI Museum 40 - cannon

WWI Museum 26 - facts

And because I think that facts and numbers are fascination (I told you I was a nerd) here are the facts from the wall in the above shot:

Out of three French men between the ages of 18 and 30 died by 1917

Number of German cities where food riots broke out in 1916 to protest rationing

Length, in miles, of Western Front across Europe, October 1914

Parisian taxicabs that transported over 6,000 Army reservists 18 miles to the Ourcq River in the First Battle of the Mame, September 7 and 8, 1914

New German entered gun and ammunition production by November 1918

German periodicals ceased publicatin by February 13, 1916, because of the shortage of paper

Allied prisoners of war forced to work in the Ruhr, Germany coal mines, March 1917

British men who resisted the Military Services Acts and were arrested during the war

Errsaltz (substitute) products sold in German stores during the war, due to the blockade and war shortages

Bombs a week produced by one British explosives factory in March 1916 by 175 women workers

Miles of trenches crisscrossed by the Western Front by 1917

Applications received for a Red Cross first aid course in Berlin in late fall 1914, far surpassing the requested 3,000

German prisoners of war held in Great Britain in March 1917

French daily production of 75mm shells, January 1916

Gardens (schrebergarten) planted in Vienna, Austria, for supplimental food in 1918, up from 34,000 a year earlier.

Pounds in sterling subscribed in Canada to buy machine guns on August 2, 1915

Armenian men, women, and children died during Turkish removals

Tons of new ships built in Great Britain in 1917, up from 542,000 tons in 1916

Women workers in the German War labor force in 1917, up 76% since late 1914

Russian workers employed in war industries in 1916

British women in industrial employment, July 1918

Estimated number of prisoners of war held by both the Allies and the Central Powers by 1917

Estimated number of civilians who perished as a direct result of the war

Artillery shells produced in Canada for the British Empire during the war

Daily cost (in 1918 dollars) of waging war by European Nations by 1918

Sandbags produced and exported from Great Britain to the Allies in 1916

In pound sterling, British War Savings Certificates sold from January through October 1917

Russian war debt (in 1917 dollars) by the time Russia withdrew from the war in 1917


Arizaphale said...

I LOVE history too. And I am a secret nerd who loves facts. I have just done WWI with my Year 10 class (which has its fair contingent of nerds too !!) and we have got right into it. Thanks for this post. The figures are mind blowing.

Stacy said...

I love history, too, and find those museums so interesting. Great facts, too. Thanks for sharing them.