Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 weeks ago

Was WW1 really that big of a deal? or was it just kind of like "The  Iraqi War" was to most people? just something "going on out there"?

i read an answer on here yesterday that stated only around 10 percent of the men who were of fighting age actually fought in World War 1,,,is that true? if so, that means 90 percent of men who were able to fight were at home continuing life as normal?  how changed in WW2? why?



4 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago
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    It killed off an entire generation of young men in Europe, set the stage for the flu pandemic which slaughtered another perhaps 20 million worldwide, and disrupted the national economies and economic life of most of Europe.  In the US, when they finally got involved, it was the first time that women worked in munitions factories, and the first time since the civil war that men were conscripted into the Army in large numbers.  

    No, unlike the ho-hum ongoing little wars of recent years, the First World War had a tremendous and near universal impact.  

  • 4 weeks ago

    No.  WWI was massive.  The most casualties of any war.  And the chemical warfare going with it, killed many afterwards from complications due to illnesses.


  • 4 weeks ago

    As a result of Ww1, three monarchies fell: Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary.

    Around 10 million soldiers and 10 million civilians died.

    Yes, WW1 was a very, very big deal. Read an actual book about it, and become somewhat less *ignorant*.

  • Tina
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    4 weeks ago

    Yes, in Europe it really was 'that big of a deal' - men living in whole streets would join up together in 'Pals' Brigades' - they fought together and were killed together, so there could be a widow in every house. There were so few young men left that the Headmistress of a well known girls' school warned her pupils that one in ten of them must understand that they would never be married. Those who did come home were often wounded or traumatised by what they had seen.

    J R R Tolkien, who fought in the Battle of the Somme said how strange it was to realise, when he was only in his early twenties that virtually all his friends were dead.

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