What do the “War to end all wars” and the Second World War have in common, well they are both world wars but what are the specifics? The answer to that will be included in the following text. To start off did you know that (per PBS.org) World War One saw 320,000+ “dough boys” lose their life fighting World War Two had a more than double death toll with 1,000,000+ “GI’s” lives sacrificed? In addition, there was genocide happening on both World Wars with Ottoman Empires killing of Armenians and the Third Reich’s mass killing of Jews in World War Two. In closing the outcome of World War One and World War Two had different endings, World War One saw the Treaty of Versailles, German pay economic reparations and German troops were reduced to 100,000. Where as in World War Two, Berlin and Germany itself was split into four zones, the Marshall Plan helped set up war torn European countries, it also saw the progression of the USSR and communism.
The United States involvement in World War one stemmed from many disappointments aimed at Germany. First Germany conducted unrestricted submarine warfare in the Atlantic, president Truman stated (textbook, Pg. 164) “to Wilson, Submarine warfare seemed particularly unfair and inhumane.” This was due to the fact that the German undersea boats (U-boats as they were called) were almost undetectable when underwater. A final straw came when a German U-boat sunk the British passenger liner Lusitania in 1915, including the loss of 124 American lives. President Wilson again stated his distaste for the German U-boat stating (textbook Pg. 164) “Some point to the German I-boat which Wilson considered an especially heinous form of warfare, especi...
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...e East Berlin border. The wire was soon replaced by a six-foot-high, 96-mile-long wall of concrete blocks, complete with guard towers, machine gun posts and searchlights.”
Through the World Wars there has been many similarities and differences. The starting of the wars was a difference in addition to the amount of lives lost in both conflicts. A similarity we can find is the overwhelming American spirit that carried through both wars and the conditions after where the Marshal Plan helped rebuild war torn Europe pouring over 13 billion dollars of aid. In conclusion the outcomes of the World Wars had their own set of similarities and differences, similar in the fact that the allies won both times, and different in the way that we saw World War one have crushing terms fall on the Germans and World War Two where we split up Berlin, seeing the start of a divided Berlin.
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