The First World War started in the summer of 1914 and it ended up in 1918. The first World conflict involved the greatest powers at that time. These powers were divided in two alliances: The Allies (Great Britain, French and Russia) and the Central Powers (Germany, Hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria). This was the largest war in history because more than 70 millions of people were mobilized to fight in it. The experts say that this is no correct number of the number of people that were killed. Some of the soldiers burned the records themselves because they didn’t want the others to know how their comrades died.
It is estimated that over 37 million people were casualties in World War I. The number of 37 million refers to both military and civilian casualties. 16 million of deaths out of which over 9 million were military personnel and 6.8 were civilians. The Allies lost about 5.7 million soldiers and the Central Powers about 4 million.
Have in mind that unlike the 19th century fights these deaths were a result of combat. Of course the casualties were great because in the new century countries have developed different types of modern weapons. Also there were diseases that attacked the soldiers but the diseases weren’t the cause of so many deaths.
Nowadays there are memorials that commemorate the people who died in this Great War. Every country suffered from this war and surely they didn’t hope that almost 30 years later there would be another War. The World War I and World War II have made some serious damages to humanity. If people haven’t learned their lesson from the First they should have learned it from the Second but unfortunately for us even in the 21st century there are still wars. Let’s just hope that very soon people will start getting the notes for a safer and peaceful environment for their future generations and that they will stop using weapons as a matter of settling down political problems.