Why was World War 1 known as ‘The great War’

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Last updated: November 12, 2019

World War 1 is know as the Great War, simply because it changed so much in the world. After World one war Countries could have lost lods of their land resulting in loss of economics, this changed who owned what land and has affected this way we live today. However some countries might think it’s not great because of what they lost. This essay will cover all the reasons World war one was known as Great. This War was groundbreaking because nothing like this had ever happened before. Countries uniting and fighting, everything on a huge scale- Death, Weapons, People ect.This made the war Great because it was unique, one of its kind. World war one was unusual at it time because it was the first time chemical weapons such as Mustard Gas where used to kill enemy’s.

Before the war Aeroplane had been used for exploring places, in the war they used them for dropping bombs. Also in World War 2 France was completely against Britain, however in World War 1 they worked as a team. It was unusual because after World War 1 they decided instead of giving people electric shocks, they realised that letting people talk about their problems helped.This is when counselling first begun.

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World War one was Unusual because one mans death caused millions of others. The war affected generations of people. Over 40,000,000 casualties and 20 million civilians died.

This is a huge amount at the moment the Iraq war has 28,822 soldiers. I don’t think all these people dieing can be classed as a good thing; however some enemies might see it like that. People were deeply affected by the war because big families lost there sons or husbands which where earning the money to live in big mansions.When they died there families could no longer live there, this meant they would be kicked out. For example places such as Lymm Rugby Club. There are only 42 villages where someone didn’t die in WW1. Soldiers would have been deeply affected by the war because they saw their friends die in front of them, unable to help. You can’t forget something like that overnight; it would affect them emotionally.

The soldiers also missed their family. And when they got home, it affected them their whole lives.Watching bombs come over, you best friend screaming as they could get their gas mask on time, falling to the ground in pain. All the soldiers would have been psychologically scarred for the rest of their lives. The families back at home suffered as well, worrying whether they’re ever see the father to their baby, or a brother ect. For example a Mother could not only loose a husband all her children and brother father. This would have a significant impact on the way their family ran.

World war one has influenced events today because the war wiped out a generation of men.If they had had children, then grandchildren, we might have more people in our class. There could have been another person like Albert Einstein. They could have invented something that changes the way we live now, but we will never know. It has proved that women are just as good as men at doing jobs. Now women can apply for any job, and not be judged on there sexuality. The war influenced Literacy and poetry, the articles people wrote, because of what they saw they could write them, people received money and this could influence other people lives because they could have paid for someone wedding.

Which would change more people’s lives. It’s a chain; everything we do has a consequence on something else. WW1 has also influenced music lyrics and art.

They (1918), poem by Siegfried Sassoon, Base details (1918), poem by Siegfried Sassoon, Anthem for Doomed Youth (1917), poem by Wilfred Owen, It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary (1914), song by Jack Judge (1878-1938) – sheet music, Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag (1916), song by Felix Powell (1878-1942) and George Asaf (1880-1951).WW1 has also influenced wars today; it has helped us develop solider trenches nowadays. It has futhered out knowlage on Artillery and planes, we have been able to build faster stronger ones, based on the original knowledge. World war One is great because it has developed so much of our knowledge, to help us be a stronger nation. World War one is remembered by thousands of people as a war that killed their family. Books such as private peaceful and my boy jack convey the stories of what happened, these are available to everyone.Remembrance day is on the 11th November, usually at 11 o clock, everyone stops for 2 minutes and thinks about all the people affected and those people that gave up their lives so that we can live today. Poppies are worn as the symbol.

From October 1914 British and Commonwealth troops marched through the Minin gateway from the city of Ypres onto The Minin Road and into the battlefields of the Ypres Salient. Over the four years of the Great War vast amounts of soldiers from practically every British and Commonwealth regiment passed through the gateway. In France its known as Armistice Day.In Belgium they have a public holiday to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day, the following commemorative events are held each year in Leper (Ypres): a Service of Remembrance, The Poppy Parade, an official parade with Standards and bands, a special Last Post ceremony at The Menin Gate Memorial and laying wreaths. In the United States its known as Veterans Day.

In Australia and New Zealand its known as Anzac day. It is on the 11 November because that was the end of WW1, the date that the armistice was signed in 1918. It took place in Compiegne in north France at 5 am.

The day was specifically dedicated by King George V, on 7 November 1919, to commemorate soldiers of the armed forces who were and are being killed during war. It has also been remembered by stautes and gardens such as the one in Staffordshire. Also several museums have done gallerys on WW1 or have a permanent exhibition such as In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres/Leper, Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood) Museum, Zillebeke, Hooge Crater Museum, Hooge and many more. World war one is not a great war because of the memories it left us with, however I believe the positive side over weighs it and we have achieved so much out of it.

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