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

Asked by: Westhofen1
  • Dear God Yes

    WWII was bad, no doubt, but WWI was worse. WWI brought tanks, aviation, machine guns, chemical warfare, and explosive ordnance, into the theater of war. Combining all of this with previous strategies, such as Trench Warfare, created the ability for people to be slaughtered. Waiting in the trenches hoping not to get shelled by artillery, or hit with poisonous gas, is in my opinion terrible. WWII had nukes, and the Holocaust, but WWI was a slaughter of people led to believe war was a glorious way to defend their country, and set the stage for WWII with the treaty of Versailles. Worst of all, the loss and horror of the Great War, is mostly forgotten by the people of the world.

  • World War One

    World war one because evn though they were both awful, world war one caused a major ripple effect and overall, led to the starting of other horrifc wars, such as world war 2. 17 million people died for no apparent reason and families lost husbands, sons and people they cared for.

  • World War One

    World war one because evn though they were both awful, world war one caused a major ripple effect and overall, led to the starting of other horrifc wars, such as world war 2. 17 million people died for no apparent reason and families lost husbands, sons and people they cared for.

  • World war 1 is worse

    The First World War is much worse than the second one as the trenches were very muddy and you could easily catch contagious diseases. Also, because of the rain you could easily get trench foot and easily be scared to death by bombs also referred as to being called shell- shock

  • WW1 was worse but both were horrid

    In ww1 after the very start of the war most of the people were drafted. In ww2 the draft only occurred towards the end. Ww2 also brought the U.S, Canada and many more countries out of the great depression. Ww1 was part of the reasons for the great depression. Both were horrid events. The south pacific POW camps were very bad but the total number of wasted casualty in ww1 are to great.

  • 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

  • WW2 Was MUCH MUCH worse

    Not only did ww2 have atomic bombs at the end, but there was far better technology, the holocaust (which killed 15 - 20 million people), and 50 to 85 million people died ( the higher figure including war related disease. WW1 may have been really bad, but WW2 was definitely far worse.

  • WW2 was the worst

    World war 2 was the worst because i am studying about it and it clearly shows that world war 2 is worse than world war 1. It is also worse because there was more advanced technology than world war 1. World war 2 is worse than world war 1 because I say so.

  • Think of the people

    I get it. Chlorine gas, trench warfare, and lack of medical tech was a big problem in WWI. But all the people forced into concentration camps, the propaganda, it was devastating. The concentration camps were horrible, and so many people died. But the Japanese propaganda was the poisoned cherry on top. When the allied forces came to the pacific islands in WWII, the poeple, filled with the propaganda of the Americans torturing them for any scraps of information, then torturing them until they died afterwards, the people decided to take their families, hide in a corner, and end it with a grenade when as many ‘enemy’ soldiers were around. They would push their own children off cliffs, then jump themselves, or force as many family members under water as possible to drown with them. Sorry if these horrors of the pacific islands scared you, but that was kinda the point.

  • 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.


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