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WW1 And WW2 - When Were They Called Such?

Fri Feb 21, 2003 3:50 pm

I was thinking today with all this war talk, when were the terms 'World War 1' and 'World War 2' (or First/Second World War) first used. I know that during the first one, it was simply referred to as 'The Great War'.

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RE: WW1 And WW2 - When Were They Called Such?

Fri Feb 21, 2003 4:22 pm


Called the Great War because most of Europe got involved. Until then most wars. were just between two or three countries.
Whrn the 39-45 conflict got under way then the suffixes were used, again because there were not many countries that were not involved.or that the area that fighting covered involved several countries/continents
Since then it has got back to minor (in terms of number of countries/area involved)
Although the Korean conflict of the early 50's came close in terms of participants (US/S Korea) UK v N Korea and helpers) others including Vietnam (US/ S Vietnam v N Vietnam) Falklands (UK v Argentina) Iran v Iraq
appeare in war terms to be more localised.
What will happen when this latest lot of effluent ingresses the ventilation system i dont know. Whereas in all the others it was A v B nowadays there are a lot more groups with no allegiance to a country, who do not fight in a uniform (one sure way of knowing who the enemy is) and who dont give a shit on where or who they blow up. One thing is pretty definate though. If the US/UK steam in to Iraq (UN sanctioned or not) than these loonies are going to have an open season of the residents of those countries. WHat we have seen as 'precautions' so far, will be a walk in the park compared to what i imagine will be enforced. These buggers dont wear uniforms. So who are the enemy, and don't say Middle Eastern appearance, these will include everyone who likes a ruck against anybody.
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RE: WW1 And WW2 - When Were They Called Such?

Fri Feb 21, 2003 4:28 pm

WW1 was also called "The war to end all wars"
 
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RE: WW1 And WW2 - When Were They Called Such?

Fri Feb 21, 2003 4:50 pm

There are very specific guidelines for a war to be considered a 'World War'.
1) There has to be more than three countries on BOTH opposing sides
2) It has to last longer than 4 weeks
3) France has to be saved by its teammates
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RE: WW1 And WW2 - When Were They Called Such?

Fri Feb 21, 2003 5:37 pm

Actually the first war that could be called a "World War" was the seven year war (1756-1763) . Apart from the European rift, which involved the main continental powers then (Prussia, Russia, Austria and others), France and Britain fought all around the world, main clashes in Canada and India, with some involvement of the Spanish and the Dutch.



 
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RE: WW1 And WW2 - When Were They Called Such?

Sat Feb 22, 2003 4:03 am

Nice point Krushny,

Jet Service,
You forgot the forth criteria

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RE: WW1 And WW2 - When Were They Called Such?

Sat Feb 22, 2003 4:19 am

heh heh heh

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RE: WW1 And WW2 - When Were They Called Such?

Sat Feb 22, 2003 6:32 am

I think it depends on what country you live in. In Germany, for example, WWI was referred to as "the World War" during WWII. The French often call WWI "la Grande Guerre", "the Great War". Russians, for what I know, tend to call WWII "the Great Patriotic War"; I don't know exactly. As for the war from 1756 till 1763, I've never heard of it being called a "World War" - shows that it really depends on where you live.

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