Similarities and Differences Between the Start of WWI and WWII By: Ely Aponte

There are many major similarities and differences in the two “courses to war.” World War II was a product of World War I in the sense that this could have been fully prevented. Had the many countries involved in World War II listened and paid attention to what had started World War I this may have never occurred. As obvious as a difference this may sound like Germany ended up losing both World Wars while countries such as Great Britain as well as France won both World Wars.
In World War I and World War II, militarism, nationalism, and imperialism were the leading factors as to why both of these wars started in the first place. Germany, Japan, and Italy attempted to become more powerful, but other countries prevented this from happening as they realized the true purpose for this occurring. Invading other lands in an attempt to take them made other countries become frustrated, and eventually led to all-out war. The countries tried to build up their armies, and militarize to the point where they thought they could take over other countries, but as a result failed.
In both World War I and World War II the United States initially did not want to be involved. In World War I, we joined the war after Germany resumed its policy of sinking our merchant ships without warning. In World War II, we joined the war after Japan attacked us at Pearl Harbor. In both wars, we helped the Allies to victory.
In both World War I and World War II, new weapons and vehicles were used during combat. Machine guns very new and determined the outcome of some battles during WWI and in WWII the machine gun had more improvements and became even more useful to armies. Tanks were a great source of creating destruction, and a powerful source of transportation. The tank is a heavy armored vehicle with a cannon that can move, and not be easily destroyed. Airplanes in World War I were not nearly as useful as in World War II. Aerial bombing not only played a major part of military tactics, but was also used strategically to take out vital pieces of certain countries to weaken them.
Some of the differences were that during World War I and the beginning of World War II, technology improved considerably. Horses, trench warfare, and biplanes became a thing of the past and were considered obsolete in World War II. Military equipment became bigger, faster, more reliable, and more sophisticated. World War II saw more air and sea battles than World War I as the majority of World War I had been fought on land. Advances had been made in medicine between the two wars so that fewer people died from infected wounds and disease.

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