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Was WWI worse than WWII? For nations, people, anyone.

Asked by: Westhofen1
  • WW2 was against evil while ww1 was caused by more circumstances

    WW2 was against nazis and their political agenda. But WW1 was about more.. It was about the assasination of Franz Ferdinad. It is also interesting to see how the war built up, with the US being neutral for a big chunk of it. Plus ww2 had to much main people

  • WW2 was against evil while ww1 was caused by more circumstances

    WW2 was against nazis and their political agenda. But WW1 was about more.. It was about the assasination of Franz Ferdinad. It is also interesting to see how the war built up, with the US being neutral for a big chunk of it. Plus ww2 had to much main people

  • WW1 was worse. It was a soldier's war.

    Many people are quick to say that WW2 was worse. With 84 million casualties in total, it's understandable. However WW1 was and is the most devastating war that shook our earth. In the Battle of the Somme, the British created a mine blast so huge that it could be heard 500 miles away. German soldiers left and right came pouring out, most of them shell-shocked. Lives would be wasted every time the whistle would blow and the brave soldiers would go over the top. The life expectancy of the average British Pilot would be 2 weeks. 2 friggin weeks! In the Gallipoli Campaign, tens of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders would charge bravely up the beach only to be slaughtered and cut down by machine gun fire. In WW2, soldiers fought for freedom, for the abolishment of the Nazi's, to make the world a better place for everyone. In WW1, it was just a bunch of empires being babies since Austria's archduke was asassinated. Young men who had a bright future in whatever they wanted to do now had to hop into the trenches and fight. Disease would kill off millions. Millions more would bleed to death, get shot, be obliterated by enemy shells, starvation, etc. Medical assistance was not very advanced, and the old-school "just charge and advance" tactics were ineffective against machine guns, artillery, poison gas, etc. It was so bad, the Geneva Code outlawed chlorine gas. Tank warfare was brutal, people getting blown to bits by a tank shell or pumped full of lead by a machine gun. Flamethrowers would scorch soldiers as they would slowly and brutally burn to death. Sure WW2 was bad and many claim that it was the worst. But at the end of the day, 17 Million people died for no reason. Little gain on both sides, but a huge ripple effect that would cause even more wars, like WW2, and the Cold War. Thank you for spending your time reading this ridiculously long argument. And just like the British would say, it was all For King And Country. There is a reason they called it The Great War.

  • WW1 was awful, while WW2 was bearable

    WW1, this should be common sense. The conditions in WW1 were some of the worst ever, WW2 was a walk in the park compared to the conditions of the trenches, battlegrounds, and more that soldiers in WW1 had to get used to. Even though 17 million people died and 30 ish million were injured in ww1 compared to ww2s 60 million, which is more like 47 million since the holocaust didn't happen and the casualties were exaggerated for most battles

  • WW1 was awful, while WW2 was bearable

    WW1, this should be common sense. The conditions in WW1 were some of the worst ever, WW2 was a walk in the park compared to the conditions of the trenches, battlegrounds, and more that soldiers in WW1 had to get used to. Even though 17 million people died and 30 ish million were injured in ww1 compared to ww2s 60 million, which is more like 47 million since the holocaust didn't happen and the casualties were exaggerated for most battles

  • The battlefields were like slaughterhouses. And lead to ww2

    While the holocaust and other internal events in ww2 made that war particularly horrific. The first world war was fought with extremely advanced technology with extremely outdated tactics. The machine gun could fire rounds in a 400-500 yard radius. Yet, troops were fighting as if they were in a Napoleonic war. Not only to say the repercussions of the first world war were long lasting. Hitler's aggression in Europe before ww2 broke out escalated so far out of hand because the former allied powers took no action against him. This occurred because nations like France for example, lost millions of their people in the great war (an entire generation destroyed!) and much of their lands became red-zones (Lands that could no longer be inhabited due to unexploded shells and mines chemical contamination, etc. and not to mention their economy was virtually decimated. This traumatized France and other nations like her. This is why ww1 was worst. There was no genocide, no potential world domination or threats to world freedom like in ww2. It happened because Serbia wanted a war with Austria-Hungary and as a result, damaged the peace to where it escalated into full open war. It was pointless and destructive that still impacts many today. This means there would never had been ww2 without ww1. That is why it is called ww2

  • Without ww1, the world would be so different

    Ww1 caused ww2, hitler fought in ww1. I am pretty sure that if he wasnt in the war, he would be nicer. Ww1 was devastating. Look at the pictures, the war was 100 years ago and we can still see the aftermath. Ww1 caused so much truama. Ww2 was a cleaner fight. Ww1 was horrible

  • World war 1 is worse

    World war 1 is worse because it was stronger and the military was ver powerfull and in ww2 peaple told hitler what to do and what to not to do and what made them loose in ww1 so world war 1 is more powerfull than than world war 2 and the allies are weak in world war 2

  • World war 1 is worse

    World war 1 is worse because it was stronger and the military was ver powerfull and in ww2 peaple told hitler what to do and what to not to do and what made them loose in ww1 so world war 1 is more powerfull than than world war 2 and the allies are weak in world war 2

  • WWI Was Utter Horror

    In terms of the soldiars and their battles, this is not even a debate once you dig into the history. Trench warfare is the most abominable style of war we have ever witnessed. It was utter, psychological horror. The conditions amongst the trenches was devastating. Disease and famine were rampant. Many of the methods of weapon delivery (e.G. Chemical warfare) was outlawed by countries after the war because of inhumanity, and medical innovations had not reached a point in WWI that allowed wounded much chance of survival.

  • Ww2 was worse

    For the first time in history, armies were truly mobile allowing for blitzkrieg tactics and coordinated bombing campaigns. Civilians in cities were massacred on a monthly basis, and great inhumanity was shown towards all by all. More people died, and there were death camps of industrial-scale murder. Ww2 was the worst event in human history, in my opinion.

  • WW2 was worse

    For the first time in history, armies were truly mobile allowing for blitzkrieg tactics and coordinated bombing campaigns. Civilians in cities were massacred on a monthly basis, and great inhumanity was shown towards all by all. More people died, and there were death camps of industrial-scale murder. Ww2 was the worst event in human history, in my opinion.

  • WWII was at least ten times worse than WWI.

    The only argument on the other side that makes sense, is that WWI led into and caused WWII, basically that both together were one long war, with a pause in the middle, and the second part wouldn't have happened without the first. OK, fine. But taken as two separate events, WWII was vastly greater in scope, intensity, bloodshed, and brutality, using vastly more advanced technology, and causing an order of magnitude more casualties, mostly civilians. Russia alone lost 20 million or more dead in WWII, as many as all sides combined in WWI. Add to that the atomic bombs, concentration camps, the starvation of India, an endless list of other horrors, and WWII killed more like 80 million. Do you really think it is worse to be killed in trench warfare than to be starved, gassed, or nuked? WWI was called the war to end all wars, and for most nations, it was. Most everyone had enough of fighting after WWI, and had wound down their military industries - except for the Germans. WWII should never have happened after the bitter lessons learned [except that some failed to learn them], yet another reason that WWII was worse. Not to mention that WWII led directly to the rapid development of nuclear weapons, which have threatened to annihilate civilization every single day for the past 65 years.

  • WW2 was worse

    This is because when world war 2 happened it was so big that there were two different days of the end of the war. Has on the other side there were like only Europe fighting against each other. And there were atomic bombs used making it destroy two cities each.

    Posted by: Heet
  • Ww2 was worse

    It was worse because not just solders but civilians were traumatized. Not just traumatized but discriminated against. The Japanese were in prison the Germans in America had to hide the family history in fear of beatings even in America. But the war had major tolls a nuke was dropped Japan almost launched a bio weapon. The solders had to walk into consideration camps and people had to live through them. All sides of the coins were destroyed beaten and wounded.

  • Ww2 was worse

    It was worse because not just solders but civilians were traumatized. Not just traumatized but discriminated against. The Japanese were in prison the Germans in America had to hide the family history in fear of beatings even in America. But the war had major tolls a nuke was dropped Japan almost launched a bio weapon. The solders had to walk into consideration camps and people had to live through them. All sides of the coins were destroyed beaten and wounded.

  • More people died

    Yes, it's true that WWI was the more bloody of the two wars, but many, many more people died in WWII. Actually, when you think about it, both wars were just as bad as eachother. An argument can be easily made for both sides, but it just makes sense to me that WWII would be worse, as there had been more opportunity to invent technology that made warfare quicker and more destructive.

  • Overall Death Count

    I Do See that in terms of overall deaths WW2 Had way more. You see the Holocaust and the nuking of japan was only a small part of a the total war. We have to take into account how much this all costed and how many millions of soldiers died overall. And while gas is a bad way to die but fire i feel is just as bad/

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