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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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Freezerboi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That was beautiful
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dansskolan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  New Deviant
I really love to share this for my 2 kids..Thanks for sharing this to us..
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AngusMcLeod Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Professional General Artist
I suggest reading this along with historical sources as this comic is overly simplified and biased for the sake of "comedy". There are also slurs and swears throughout the comic so it might not be for everyone.
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ZuesKillerProduction Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Can I use this as a reference for whenever someone wants to talk about 'The peace to end all peaces?' At least for the Elementary aged and up?
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:iconangusmcleod:
AngusMcLeod Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
I would suggest not relying on a comic made by a then-19-year-old me and putting effort into making a comprehensible yet well researched summary to avoid inaccuracies people have pointed out in the comments. This comic should be used as entertainment and not as a learning tool, unless you plan to correct the issues and inaccuracies it contains.
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ZuesKillerProduction Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
*shrugs* Ok. If nothing else, can I at least say that this is funny in the way it simplifies history?
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AngusMcLeod Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
I guess. It's subjective.
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TheTimejumper Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Austria-Hungary wanted to impose rule on Serbia, so gave an ultimatum to Serbia after the assassination of Franz Ferdinand by Gavrillo Princip. Serbia actually accepted all but one of Austria's conditions (Which every other power in Europe, including Germany and Russia) thought was sufficient to avoid war. Austria, however, refused to accept Serbia's acceptance, and declared war.

Russia, which had a historic tie to the Slavic peoples in Serbia, issued a half-mobilization order for it's armed forces. Russia told Austria to cease hostilities with Serbia, and when Germany told Russia to cease mobilizations, Tzar Nicholas actually tried explaining it to his cousin, Kaiser Wilhelm, both of them expressing desires to remain at peace. They even signed their telegrams with "Nicky" and "Willy".

Unfortunately, German diplomats had other things in mind, and issued an ultimatum to Russia, stating that if Russia did not cease it's mobilization, Germany would mobilize against Russia. Russia didn't cease mobilization, and turned to France, which it had a treaty with. France, which wanted vengeance for the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, agreed wholeheartedly, and mobilized.

Austria sent troops into Serbia, Russia crashed into Germany and Austria, and Germany, wanted to fight a two-front war for as little time as possible, rapidly mobilized against France, choosing to march through Belgium to try to seize Paris as fast as possible. This enraged Great Britain, who had a treaty with Belgium, and Britain deployed it's army, the only professional army in Europe at the time.

The Ottoman Empire joined shortly after solely due to the war-hawkish actions of Enver Pasha, Italy joined the war in late 1915 to seize territory from Austria that it had claim to, Romania joined the war in September of 1916 after the massive Brusilov Summer Offensive shattered the Austro-Hungarian army for the time. The United States however waited until late 1917 after Germany began unrestricted U-Boat warfare for the second time, after Wilson had threatened war.

The United States WAS the reason the war ended when it did, since Britain and France had plans for 1919 offensives. Kaiser Wilhelm only agreed to abdicate because Woodrow Wilson had assured him that he, not the British or French, would be the one leading the peace talks. When Woodrow was given a minor role, THAT was when Germany got screwed over.

Sorry for the huge comment, but I am a Great War historian, so it makes me uncomfortable when the actual sequence of events isn't shown.
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Melomiku Featured By Owner Edited May 6, 2016  Student General Artist
That's it.

That's WWI.

Even the countries blaming Germany for the war was the technically the Treaty of Versailles.
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JoeTheVenezuelan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Germany's face when US enters is PRICELESS XD
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Andem6 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
Oh my god. This is what I'm using to teach my kids about WW1. Thank you.
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Stargazer22X Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic, I'm sure I just learned something and now I can teach others. Great job.
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ZX-Click Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I caught that Monty Python reference.
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JuneDelph Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE the expressions here XD
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TheGeekySqueaker Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
. . . WW1 wasnt funny, but holy shit this is hilarious! XD
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Ziggyman Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
Simple. Too much simple indeed, but good for a first approach. Good job.
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Taltharius Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
"Wooo, France. What are you going to do, pelt me with croissants? Bleed on me?"

That part cracks me up every time, :XD:
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Unb3kann1 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
well ... i think .... fuck it
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:iconangusmcleod:
AngusMcLeod Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the invaluable feedback, Unb3kann1.
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Unb3kann1 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
That comment wasn't against you and your art or against this picture

when i was looking at this i got angry because old memorys came up to me (my own memorys of course ... i think)
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Idonian Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
These are the best war comics I have ever read. They touch on a lot of key parts, and in general do a pretty good job of presenting it in a funny way. Oh, and the art style is hilarious. :D
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Reven57 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would use this to revise for an exam.
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SilentViperFanPL Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That Final part with Poland was the best! La la la la 
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Haggis53 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 12, 2015  Student Artist
It's honestly sad how much this and the other history comics he's done are helping me with my essay
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DatArtistNuma Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
WWI: the McLeod edition. Like history but with meme like faces.
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godzilladragon111 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
XD
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UnpayedOvertime Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
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.
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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. 
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Trist2468 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
Why would Britain have been too proud to pull out? They had nothing to lose in this conflict except a distraction from Irish revolts.
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godzilladragon111 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
but what about things like radio, cars, numerous medical practices, planes, and hundreds of useful things which were developed for the war?

but in the end, it led to the atom bomb being dropped, so, nill i guess.

" There is no justification for war. But there is justification, for science. So chins up, boots down!"
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norwegian-noob Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
love the fases :)
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Itsalwaysfridaytome Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
this is honestly the best thing
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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?
www.facebook.com/Worldwaronepo…  <--- My WWI page on FB
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AngusMcLeod Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Sure!
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pleadies Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks much; it has been posted.
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ThrashHead97 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Is that a TF2 reference...? The backstab? The gentlemen greeting? Hmmm
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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)
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SquidHatJenkins Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is too amazing, and funny on so many levels..roar scream LOL 
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rockslide57 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best fucking thing ever!!!!
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PAPhilly Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Made my life! HILARIOUS!
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Demialc-neeb-sah-em Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
I didn't know it was you who drew these!
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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.
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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.
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destroyer199 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
ass kicked?? kind of disrespectful 
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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
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destroyer199 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
that is because the italian general kept ordering those soldiers to their deaths. 
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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
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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.
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TheFoxBadger Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Damn, now I kind of feel bad for Germany...
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