World War I

World War I

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World War I

Clockwise from the top:The road to Bapaume in the aftermath of the Battle of the Somme, 1916British Mark V tanks crossing the Hindenburg Line, 1918HMS Irresistible sinking after hitting a mine in the Dardanelles, 1915A British Vickers machine gun crew wears gas masks during the Battle of the Somme, 1916German Albatros D.III biplane fighters near Douai, France, 1917
Date28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
(4 years, 3 months and 2 weeks)Peace treaties[show]LocationEurope, Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, China, Indian Ocean, North and South Atlantic OceanResultAllied victoryCentral Powers victory on the Eastern Front nullified by defeat on the Western FrontFall of all continental empires in Europe (including GermanyRussiaOttoman Turkey and Austria-Hungary)Russian Revolution and Russian Civil War, with the collapse of the Russian Empire and the subsequent formation of the Soviet UnionWidespread unrest and revolutions throughout Europe and AsiaCreation of the League of Nations (more …)Territorial
changesFormation of new countries in Europe and the Middle EastTransfer of German colonies and territories, Partitioning the former Ottoman EmpireAustria-Hungary and the Russian Empire, transfer of territories to other countries
Allied Powers:
 British Empire[show] Russia[a]
(1914–17) Serbia Montenegro Belgium Japan Italy (1915–18) United States
(1917–18) Romania (1916–18) Portugal (1916–18) Hejaz (1916–18) China (1917–18) Greece (1917–18) Siam (1917–18)… and others
Central Powers: Germany Austria-Hungary Ottoman Empire Bulgaria (1915–18)… and others
Commanders and leaders
 Raymond Poincaré Georges Clemenceau Herbert H. Asquith David Lloyd George Nicholas II  Georgy Lvov Alexander Kerensky Victor Emmanuel III Vittorio Orlando Woodrow Wilson Yoshihito Albert I Peter I Ferdinand I
and others …
 Wilhelm II Franz Joseph I  Karl I Mehmed V  Mehmed VI Three Pashas Ferdinand I
and others …
Total: 42,950,000[1] 12,000,000 8,842,000[2][3] 8,660,000[4] 5,615,000 4,744,000 800,000 707,000 658,000 380,000 250,000 80,000 50,000Total: 25,248,000[1] 13,250,000 7,800,000 2,998,000 1,200,000
68,208,000 (Total all)
Casualties and losses
Military dead: 5,525,000Military wounded: 12,832,000Total: 18,357,000 KIA, WIA and MIACivilian dead: 4,000,000further details …Military deaths by country:[5][6]
 1,811,000 1,398,000 1,115,000 651,000 250,000–335,000 275,000 117,000 59,000–88,000 26,000 7,000 3,000 <1,000
Military dead: 4,386,000Military wounded: 8,388,000Total: 12,774,000 KIA, WIA and MIACivilian dead: 3,700,000further details …Military deaths by country:[5]
 2,051,000 1,200,000 772,000 88,000
showvteTheatres of World War I
hideEvents leading to World War I
Franco-Prussian War1870–1871Congress of Berlin1878Dual Alliance1879Triple Alliance1882Franco-Russian Alliance1894Anglo-German naval arms race1898–1912Entente Cordiale1904Russo-Japanese War1904–1905First Moroccan Crisis1905–1906Anglo-Russian Entente1907Bosnian Crisis1908–1909Agadir Crisis1911Italo-Turkish War1911–1912Balkan Wars1912–1913Assassination of Franz Ferdinand1914July Crisis1914

World War I: Mobilized forces per total population (in %)[citation needed]

World War I (or the First World War, often abbreviated as WWI or WW1) was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously known as the Great War or “the war to end all wars“,[7] it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history.[8][9] It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history,[10] with an estimated nine million combatant deaths and 13 million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war,[11] while resulting genocides and the related 1918 Spanish flu pandemic caused another 17–100 million deaths worldwide,[12][13] including an estimated 2.64 million Spanish flu deaths in Europe and as many as 675,000 Spanish flu deaths in the United States.[14]

On 28 June 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb Yugoslav nationalistassassinated the Austro-Hungarian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, leading to the July Crisis.[15][16] In response, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia on 23 July. Serbia’s reply failed to satisfy the Austrians, and the two moved to a war footing. A network of interlocking alliances enlarged the crisis from a bilateral issue in the Balkans to one involving most of Europe. By July 1914, the great powers of Europe were divided into two coalitions: the Triple Entente, consisting of FranceRussia, and Britain; and the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. The Triple Alliance was only defensive in nature, allowing Italy to stay out of the war until April 1915, when it joined the Allied Powers after its relations with Austria-Hungary deteriorated.[17] Russia felt it necessary to back Serbia, and approved partial mobilisation after Austria-Hungary shelled the Serbian capital of Belgrade on 28 July.[18] Full Russian mobilisation was announced on the evening of 30 July; the following day, Austria-Hungary and Germany did the same, while Germany demanded Russia demobilise within twelve hours.[19] When Russia failed to comply, Germany declared war on Russia on 1 August in support of Austria-Hungary, the latter following suit on 6 August; France ordered full mobilisation in support of Russia on 2 August.[20]

Germany’s strategy for a war on two fronts against France and Russia was to rapidly concentrate the bulk of its army in the West to defeat France within six weeks, then shift forces to the East before Russia could fully mobilise; this was later known as the Schlieffen Plan.[21] On 2 August, Germany demanded free passage through Belgium, an essential element in achieving a quick victory over France.[22] When this was refused, German forces invaded Belgium on 3 August and declared war on France the same day; the Belgian government invoked the 1839 Treaty of London and, in compliance with its obligations under this treaty, Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August. On 12 August, Britain and France also declared war on Austria-Hungary; on 23 August, Japan sided with Britain, seizing German possessions in China and the Pacific. In November 1914, the Ottoman Empire entered the war on the side of Austria-Hungary and Germany, opening fronts in the CaucasusMesopotamia, and the Sinai Peninsula. The war was fought in (and drew upon) each power’s colonial empire also, spreading the conflict to Africa and across the globe. The Entente and its allies eventually became known as the Allied Powers, while the grouping of Austria-Hungary, Germany and their allies became known as the Central Powers.

The German advance into France was halted at the Battle of the Marne and by the end of 1914, the Western Front settled into a war of attrition, marked by a long series of trench lines that changed little until 1917 (the Eastern Front, by contrast, was marked by much greater exchanges of territory). In 1915, Italy joined the Allied Powers and opened a front in the AlpsBulgaria joined the Central Powers in 1915 and Greece joined the Allies in 1917, expanding the war in the Balkans. The United States initially remained neutral, though even while neutral it became an important supplier of war materiel to the Allies. Eventually, after the sinking of American merchant ships by German submarines, the declaration by Germany that its navy would resume unrestricted attacks on neutral shipping, and the revelation that Germany was trying to incite Mexico to initiate war against the United States, the U.S. declared war on Germany on 6 April 1917. Trained American forces did not begin arriving at the front in large numbers until mid-1918, but the American Expeditionary Force ultimately reached some two million troops.[23]

Though Serbia was defeated in 1915, and Romania joined the Allied Powers in 1916 only to be defeated in 1917, none of the great powers were knocked out of the war until 1918. The 1917 February Revolution in Russia replaced the Tsarist autocracy with the Provisional Government, but continuing discontent with the cost of the war led to the October Revolution, the creation of the Soviet Socialist Republic, and the signing of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk by the new government in March 1918, ending Russia’s involvement in the war. Germany now controlled much of eastern Europe and transferred large numbers of combat troops to the Western Front. Using new tactics, the German March 1918 Offensive was initially successful. The Allies fell back and held. The last of the German reserves were exhausted as 10,000 fresh American troops arrived every day. The Allies drove the Germans back in their Hundred Days Offensive, a continual series of attacks to which the Germans had no reply.[24] One by one the Central Powers quit. First Bulgaria, then the Ottoman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian empire. With its allies defeated, revolution at home, and the military no longer willing to fight, Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated on 9 November and Germany signed an armistice on 11 November 1918, ending the fighting.

World War I was a significant turning point in the political, cultural, economic, and social climate of the world. The war and its immediate aftermath sparked numerous revolutions and uprisings. The Big Four (Britain, France, the United States, and Italy) imposed their terms on the defeated powers in a series of treaties agreed at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, the most well known being the German peace treaty: the Treaty of Versailles.[25] Ultimately, as a result of the war, the Austro-Hungarian, German, Ottoman, and Russian Empires ceased to exist, and numerous new states were created from their remains. However, despite the conclusive Allied victory (and the creation of the League of Nations during the Peace Conference, intended to prevent future wars), a second world war followed just over twenty years later.


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