Seconds of WWI


Updated on 12/31/2018

This being the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended major fighting in WWI, presents some “second” facts about the Great War.


Second country to declare war on another country

Russia declared war on Austria-Hungary on July 29, a day after Austria-Hungary declared war on Russian ally Serbia.


Country with the second-most military casualties

Germany 7,142,558 (Russia had the most with 9,150,000)

Russian infantry in 1916.


Second battle during which tanks were deployed as part of an attack

Cambrai (November, 20 1917)


Allied country with the second-most military casualties

France 6,160,800


Central Powers country with the second-most casualties

Aerial view of trench systems. Notice the craters all around them, created by artillery shell impacts.



Second-biggest cause of wound or death as a result of battle

Small arms fire (guns, machine guns, grenades)


Flying Ace with the second-most kills (includes planes and balloons)

René Fonck (France) 75 kills (Manfred von Richthofen “Red Baron” 80)


Second Battle of Ypres

It was in this second battle where poison gas was first used — Germany used it against British Commonwealth soldiers.


Second person killed in WWI

Jules André Peugeot (France)

René Fonck, the greatest Allied “Flying Ace” during the Great War. He was second only to the “Red Baron”.


Second-to-last person killed in WWI (before the armistice went into effect)

George Lawrence Price (Canada)