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World War One: Simple Version by AngusMcLeod World War One: Simple Version by AngusMcLeod
The Great War.

The War to End All Wars.

The War to Make the World Safe for Democracy.

Explained with countries beating the living hell out of each other.

Click here for WW2: [link]
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UnpayedOvertime Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I wonder if there can be an anime/Gmod versions... (No I'm not into Hetalia. Don't even ask.) Otherwise, TV tropes brought me here.
HopeSwings777 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Flame-throwers were introduced during WWI, as was tear gas, chlorine gas, mustard gas, and phosgene/diphosgene gas. WWI was the first war with tanks too. In the last couple of years of the war, European soldiers had better and more food than civilians. Mass numbers of soldiers refusing to keep on fighting. Civilians targeted. Trench life. The futility of it all.  

It's a fascinating subject, if a morbid one. I  was hooked when I took a lit class about 20th century war. The Regeneration trilogy was especially provokative. And, of course, the works of Wilfred Own and Siegfried Sassoon. 

Some people think that WWII wouldn't have happened at all if we, the U.S. had stayed out of WWI. Without our intervention, the Europeans would have had to negotiate for peace. NO complete surrender or years of punitive sanctions. I don't know. I'm not sure things would have worked out that way. Germany and Britain were too proud to give in. For them it was all or nothing. The mentality was a lot like the attitude of the Japanese in WWII. Those same folks believe that the First World War was inevitable. As if it were a perfect storm of factors that had to end up leading to warfare. I don't think any of us can be confident in that conclusion. The previous two centuries were so changeable and unpredictable with rapid innovations and social upheaval, I can imagine that in 1914 anything might have happened, not necessarily open war. 

I recommend the Regeneration books, historical fiction, for those who want to understand how the people felt during those times--soldiers, doctors and nurses, women working in dangerous factories to support the war effort. Read those books. 
norwegian-noob Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  New member
love the fases :)
Itsalwaysfridaytome Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
this is honestly the best thing
pleadies Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, would it be okay if I posted this on my World War One page on Facebook if I gave you credit?…  <--- My WWI page on FB
AngusMcLeod Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
pleadies Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks much; it has been posted.
ThrashHead97 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Is that a TF2 reference...? The backstab? The gentlemen greeting? Hmmm
Fulaser2s Featured By Owner Edited Oct 26, 2014
Or as I want to say it;all of Europe going through a cluster fuck of problems lead to a new cluster fuck of alliances between nations that ended up with everyone fighting everyone else.(My version of ZeroPunctuation's on youtube,a video of a guy reviewing a game called Valiant Hearts)
SquidHatJenkins Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is too amazing, and funny on so many levels..roar scream LOL 
rockslide57 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best fucking thing ever!!!!
PAPhilly Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Made my life! HILARIOUS!
Demialc-neeb-sah-em Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
I didn't know it was you who drew these!
Nickatina14 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I love the comic, but really, Serbia is blamed for the war?

My war-history pants say otherwise.
MrRaptor-the-1st Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist
It all depends who's side you're on.  Serbia and Russia had an alliance, then France had one with them.  That caused Germany to declare war of France due to its alliance Austria-Hungry.  To avoid the French MLR Germany went through Belgium, who had an Alliance with England which dragged the entire commonwealth into the war.  I'm not sure why the Ottomans and Bulgaria joined the Central powers and I assume Romania was with Russia at this time.  America joined in due to the German U-boats attack it's ships.  Finally, Italy joied in to get territory but got it's ass kicked.
destroyer199 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
ass kicked?? kind of disrespectful 
MrRaptor-the-1st Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist
Around 11 campaigns against the Central powers, all repelled until the end fo the war
destroyer199 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
that is because the italian general kept ordering those soldiers to their deaths. 
Killgareth Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
The Ottomans had a treaty with Germany similar to France and Russia. Romania wanted to take Transylvania, a romanian majority land, from Austro-Hungaria. As for Bulgaria, hell if i know
MrRaptor-the-1st Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Turns out Bulgaria lost some territory after the 2nd Balkens war to majority of countries that joined the allies so they figured the'd get it back for joining the central powers.
TheFoxBadger Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Damn, now I kind of feel bad for Germany...
ambabeuf Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Oooh! Brilliant! My favourite bit is the transition from soft hats to steel helmets. Very nicely done! And the cartoons expressions are fantastic.
TheOnly-MaKaila Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Better than any history textbook I've ever read. Will you be doing other wars besides the World Wars?
AngusMcLeod Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
refycoz Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
you r good
HannahAlmare Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Absolutely great! I'll show it to my colleagues in class (we're expanded history class).

One little thing - Russia did not become the USSR until the thirties or something. It was Soviet Russia for the few years after the WWI. :)
DrAngryScotsman Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
This is Awesome! Keep up the great work!
VaryagOfMiklagaard Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I come here from the mighty TvTropes WorldWarI page!
This shit is funny!
SlayerJesse Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
rofl. And to think, this was all started over a rock band that started in 2004.

...Wait, wrong Franz Ferdinand.
Bananatect Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, so much. Thanks too, I'm studying WW1 at the moment, and this added to my knowledge, Also, the art and presentation of the events is great. 
Cheetaiean Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Great work! I loved it! Text could be a bit more clear (visually, not compositionally), but it was all very easily understood and original. Keep up the good work!

(heh love the appearance of Poland at the end :D)
GabyClaire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I have never understood the war before.. this is amazing!! Better than 2 years worth of history lessons! :D
yosihenka Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you draw countries as hetalia characters please?
AngusMcLeod Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
If the expression "bad idea" needed a definition this would be it
yosihenka Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
clarissemcclellan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Very funny!
TheWildWestPyro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student Writer


ceraperduta Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
LOL. Very funny, very good!
Glorilux Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was awesome.
AndrewDangel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Would you have any problems if I showed this to teachers as another way to present history?  I would certainly give you full credit.
AngusMcLeod Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Make sure to point out any inaccuracies and to specify this is only a summary and in no way a substitute for actual research and learning.
AndrewDangel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Will do, course that is the same for all versions of history!  It's more for the idea that timeline and cause/effect do not have to be represented in only one way, and this is a perfect example of that!
KarrieDreammind Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely LOVE THIS!! This is the best thing I've seen in a long time! I'm so downloading this and looking at it every day! :D Some years ago when I studied WWI as well I saw the countries with personalities the same way. I also got inspired and drew a very very simple little comic with stick figures representing the countries and the chain of events (nothing of a comic compared to your masterpiece!). This is how I felt about them as well. All the time I was thinking - the one to start everything was Serbia, after which Germany just came to help its ally - the same thing that England, France, Russia and the US did. Not to mention Germany had few and weak allies (what the hell did the Ottoman Empire do to help anyway?)

And yet, somehow in the end everyone turned against Germany, pouring all rage against it and after it was all over Germany was given the whole guilt for the entire war? Wtf? No wonder they wanted revenge. WWII was inevitable. I'm not saying what Hitler and the Nazis did is justified but even now, in post-WWII times the whole world seems to still hate Germany for some unknown to me reason. As if they have done something that is that much worse than everything the rest of the countries have done! Now young Germans are forced to live with this shame and guilt because of something that happened prior to their lifetime. And I still don't think Germany is or ever was more 'evil' than most of the other big powers and nations in the world.

Oh and btw was Italy really this useless? I thought it actually did something, rather than.. just 'be there'.

Anyway back to topic, your comic is marvellous! A cartoon like this should be made! It's perfect material not only for teaching young people about the events of history in an easy and comprehensible way but also - it's pure entertainment! I'd love to watch a series like this. Something like what Hetalia is doing but less confusing, with more following of the plot and simply historically accurate. Just like what you've made. :)

Awesome stuff, bro/sis, awesome stuff! I bow down to you and your masterpiece! It deserves to get famous!
eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
American Revolution anyone?
AngusMcLeod Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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