World War 1 vs. World War 2

Difference Between World War 1 and World War 2

We all have heard too many things about the two world wars which were fought before most of us were born. We have studied about them in history but tend to get confused about the reasons, time period and other facts associated with them. Here are some main differences between these two wars:

  1. World War 1(WW1) was fought between 1914 and 1918 while World War 2 (WW2) was fought between 1939 and 1945.
  2. WW1 continued for 4 years while WW2 for 6 years.
  3. Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria in June 1914 is believed to be the reason which triggered WW1 while WW2 was triggered by economic and political instability in Germany.
  4. WW1 had the aim of colonization while WW2 was fought behind the ideologies of Fascism and Communism.
  5. It is believed that more than 100 million people died and 21 million were injured in WW1 while the about 55 million people died in WW2. These numbers included military and civilian death.
  6. WW1 employed different warfare while at the time of WW2 the warfare technology was far developed. We can see the use of early airplanes, machine guns, poisonous gases etc in WW1 while tanks, submarines and nuclear power was used in WW2.
  7. In World War 1 the main powers were Germany, Turkey, Austria and Hungary while Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Japan and Us played the role of being allied powers.  In World War 2 the political scenario of the world had changed and Britain, China, US and Soviet Union emerged as powerful countries.

We all know world war1 as Kaiser’s War, War of Nations and the Great War. Germany was defeated along with Russia and Austro-Hungarian Empire. Second World War devastated Japan and defeated Germany in 1945.

 

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