World War One in Numbers
240 Men took six hours to build a 250 meter trench.
25,000 miles of trenches dug on the Western Front.
£100 million lent to Britain by America for the war.
2 Billion letters sent between British families and soldiers fighting.
9 million food parcels sent to prisoners of war by the British Red Cross.
627 Servicemen were awarded the Victoria Cross.
185,000 British Troops taken Prisoner.
1 million men shipped back to Britain due to serious illness.
240,000 British Soldiers had limbs amputated.
80,000 British soldiers suffered shell shock.
20,000 British soldiers suffered ‘Trench Foot’
100,000 soldiers gassed in fighting.
6 weeks – life expectancy of a Junior Officer in the trenches
60,000 British Casualties on the the first day of the Battle of the Somme – 1st July 1916.
3,600 British soldiers killed per day in the five month Somme offensive
400 rounds per minute fired by a German machine gun.
150 yards – typical width of ‘No-Man’s’ land.
2,000 British war cemetries on the old Western Front.
53 British villages suffered no war deaths. They were called ‘Thankful Villages’
8.9 million British Troops deployed.
1 million men enlisted in the British Army by January 1915.
250,000 soldiers lied about their age to enlist in Britain.
1 in seven weeks spent by a British soldier on the front line.
2 weeks a year leave was given to soldiers in the British Army.
5p basic daily pay for soldiers.
16,000 Conscientious Objectors refused to fight.
11 German Spies were executed by Britsih authorities.
1.5 million Armenians were killed by Turkey’s Ottoman Empire in genocide.
3.5 million standard Lee Enfield rifles were built in Britain.
5,000 Allied ships sunk by U-Boats.
190,000 mines laid in waters around Britain.
1 billion artillery shells fired on the Western Front.
1 tonne of explosives fired per square meter of Western Front territory.
812 tonnes of cordite produced per week in Gretna factory, Scotland.
160 tonnes of munitions found in the fields on the old Ypres front in 2012.
400 female factory workers died from over exposure to TNT explosives.
6,000 Belgium civilians killed in 1914 by the German army.
200,000 Belgian refugees came to Britain.
557 people killed by German Zeppelin raids.
3 million acres of farmland created in Britain to prevent famine.
1,000 Daily average caloric intake German adult civilians Jan 1918.
103. German airship and bomber raids on Great Britain.
675 Allied air raids on Germany