WW1 – Oversimplified (Part 2)

WW1 – Oversimplified (Part 2)

With both sides stuck in a hard stalemate, they knew this war wasn’t going to be about taking territory, but about simply wearing each other down. The Allies had plenty of men to expend from its overseas dominions. And the British also started a naval blockade, so Germany couldn’t import stuff, like food. Neither side really wanted a long grueling war, though. So, they both thought of ways to break the deadlock on the western front. Idea number one: New Frontiers. When the war first broke out Australia was quick to take German New Guinea The Allies also quickly jumped on Germany’s colonies in Africa, and particularly in German East Africa, locals were enlisted as soldiers and carriers by both sides. Leading to a tragic loss of life for the Native Africans. Some new combatants entered the war as well. The Allies newest friends were Italy, and Japan. Japan was busy building itself an empire. So, it was more than happy to take away German Islands and colonies in East Asia Italy actually had an alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary before the war. But after some tense relations, and then the Allies promising to give them some of Austria-Hungary’s stuff, they switched sides. Italy opened up a front in the mountains here, but like everyone else, they were stuck in stalemate for most of the war. The Central Powers’ new friend was a struggling empire in the middle East. The Ottomans…. (Ottomen?) The Ottomen where divided on whether to actually join the war or not, since they had been exhausted by the recent Balkan Wars. Some of the politicians who did want to join went off on their own and fired some shells at Russia. And then came back and said, “Whoops, looks like we’re at war now.” The Ottoman entry into the war was of particular concern to the British, since the middle East was full of oil and Britain wanted all of that oil. First, the Ottomans tried to attack Russia in the Caucasus Mountains. But they weren’t prepared for the cold and many of them froze to death. Then they crossed miles of desert to take the Suez Canal from the British. But that failed, too. Then the Allies tried to take the Dardanelles at Gallipoli in a long and hard trench warfare campaign…. but that also failed. The Ottomans blamed their initial losses on the ethnic Armenians living within Ottoman territory. And the resulting Armenian genocide led to the deaths of one and a half million people. Then, the Germans sent spies into Afghanistan to try to convince the Arab tribes there to rise up in Jihad against the British and attack India. But that plan failed. Partly because the spies got bored, brewed their own alcohol, and got drunk…. which is a bad thing to do in Afghanistan. All these new Frontiers hadn’t done much to change the war. Aware that the Allies had more men and supplies than them, the Germans knew they had to do something to break the stalemate. Before the war, there was a big conference that set out the rules of Modern warfare: No chemical weapons, no killing civilians. Basically: Don’t be jerks. The Germans held a meeting, and decided to be jerks. Zeppelin air raids commenced over British cities, they also started attacking the ally trenches with chlorine gas, and they used submarines to sink civilian ships. One such civilian ship was the Lusitania which had a hundred and fifty-nine Americans on board when it was sunk. Further swaying US opinion against the Germans. Not to be completely unfair to the Germans, the Allies also engaged in chemical warfare soon after, and they had been hiding anti-submarine weapons on their civilian ships. Which led the Germans justify their attacks. Meanwhile, Austria-Hungary still hadn’t dealt with Serbia, so the central powers enlisted some help. Bulgaria wished it was bigger and was still bitter about losing the second Balkan war. The Central Powers promised to make all of Bulgaria’s wildest dreams come true if they helped. So they signed on and together they knocked out Serbia. The Serbian troops retreated through Albania which was neutral but had some ties to Austria-Hungary. So, Austria-Hungary entered Albania in a ‘friendly invasion’ to chase down the Serbians many of whom escaped by sea. It’s 1916 and a lot is happening. As if they didn’t have enough enemies already, Germany added one more to the list. Portugal had been getting a bit chummy with the allies behind the scenes ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) and Germany didn’t like that one bit. Around the same time, the only sea battle of the war happened. Both sides had a new powerful class of battleships called “Dreadnought.” But they were so expensive to build that neither side wanted to risk losing them in a battle. So they kept them in port. Except for one time when they had a big fight and a bunch of them got damaged. So they didn’t try that again. The UK started conscripting men to the army so they had plenty of reserves. Which is just as well because the western front was about to get brutal. The longest and one of the bloodiest battles of the war started when the Germans launched an attack around the French city of Verdun. The French defended it desperately, leading to hundreds of thousands of casualties. Under pressure, the French called on its allies to do something to draw the Germans’ attention away. So, the British started their own long and brutal fight, the Battle of the Somne, with 60,000 British casualties on just the first day. It was also here that the British first used one crazy brand-new piece of Sci-Fi technology. The Russians had been getting pushed back further and further into their own territory, but in response to the French call for help, they began a huge offensive and did really well until they ran out of supplies and got stuck. Seeing how well the Russians have been doing Romania decided now would be a great time to jump in on win the war. And then they got pounded. The Greeks were fighting amongst themselves about whether to join the war or not The king liked the Central powers while the prime minister wanted to join the Allies. After a brief national Schism during which the country split into two, the king finally abdicated and the country reunited. With Allied help they began a new offensive. In the Middle East, Russia was pushing into Ottoman territory from the North. The British had also made a landing in Mesopotamia to protect Persia’s oil fields. And they’d also sent a small army up the Tigris river to try to take Baghdad but the army got sieged in the town of Kut along the way And eventually surrendered. A new offensive was launched from the south with all-out desert warfare. The offensive was aided by one famous British officer, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, who helped to lead the Arab tribes in a revolt that wreaked Havoc on the Ottoman supply lines. By the time 1917 rolled around everyone was exhausted. There are mutinies in the French army, the German populace was starving, and the war had drained all of Russia’s supplies. There is no clear winner, and it was still anyone’s war. The only question now was: Who is going to break first? And the answer was: Russia. Tired of not eating and mad that a crazy magic homeless guy was calling some of the shots there was an uprising in Petrograd complete with riots and strikes. The riots turned into a full-scale revolution and a new government overthrew the Tsar. Then a few months later the Bolsheviks overthrew the new government. And they pulled Russia out of the war. This was great news for Germany that now only had to focus on the western front. But there was still one problem: The pesky United States of America was looking increasingly like it was going to join the war. America had been selling supplies to the Allies throughout the war and was getting super rich off the back of it. Meaning it was in fantastic shape and was dangerous to the Germans. So Germany sent a telegram to Mexico saying: “Wouldn’t it be crazy cool if you guys attacked America?” But the British intercepted the message, showed it to the Americans, and that was the final straw. American troops began shipping out to Europe. This was terrible news for Germany. And they knew their only hope now is to force France and the UK to surrender before the fresh American troops arrived. It was now or never. So they started one final attack. They converged their troops and hit hard at the Somme and pushed the Allies back. They hit a second time for the north, then again, and again. With each hit the germans were spending more and more resources while the allies were getting better and better at repelling their attacks. By the fifth punch, the Allies held the line and even pushed back. With American troops now arriving in larger numbers the Allies launched a counter-attack, and that was it. The central powers were being pushed back on all fronts. Bulgaria collapsed first, followed by the Ottoman Empire, then Austria-Hungary and finally on November 11th, 1918 at 11 o’clock, Germany surrendered. At the peace treaty Germany was forced to reduce its military, accept war guilt, and pay the bill for the war. After indescribable suffering and millions dead, the world learned its lesson and never had such an awful war again. For about 20 years.

100 thoughts on “WW1 – Oversimplified (Part 2)

  1. Hi everyone, thanks for the feedback! The next video is in the works, apologies for the long wait!

  2. İ am turkish. My grandfathers not kill women and boys not kill 120 million person and not kill humans in middle east and not kill indians not africans chinese make slave

  3. Lol everybody scared when U.S.A joins the war

  4. Russia didn't cleared Ottomans from Balkans. Serbia, Montenegro, Greece and Bulgaria did.

  5. A lots of good people die because of stupid egos

  6. Can any one name the soundtrack at 6:00 ? Thank you very much.

  7. 🇬🇧: sneaking


  8. Germany surrendered 4 days before my birthday

  9. Havent watched yet but gallipoli better be mentioned

  10. Look at Thumbnail of this video and then look at this flag 🇺🇦, Coincidence? dont think.

  11. All you had to do was take a right turn CJ

  12. So Switzerland just sat there???

  13. 0:45 "Japan should take the islands!! Which they wanted to do anyway"

  14. Uh, why was the Canadian effort leading to a hugely significant victory at Vimy Ridge not even mentioned?

  15. Hitler:let's make a sequel!

  16. And here is an improved WW1 plan
    Attack France
    Then defeat France
    Go attack Britain
    Attack Russia
    Use Nord VPN to send the telegram to Mexico
    Then punish Britain severely
    And boom you've won but you lost over 10 million troops

  17. ابداع
    انت افضل شخص يقدم مقاطع فيديو على اليوتيوب

  18. So War started because of a guy dying ?

  19. Americans attack Americans attack

  20. 5:17 vonden ze vast kut

  21. When there’s only two seconds in the video for d-day

    Bro, uncool

  22. What kind of sat nav was the driver using

  23. How come Germany is the only one to be ashamed? Serbs by proxy really started ww1, the rape of nanking was far worse then any nazi concentration camp, unit 731 in Japan was ungodly, but yea those evil funny talking germans

  24. Ottomen? Is that a sad attempt at playing identity politics by this channel?

    Ottoman is an anglicisation of the name Uthman, an Arabic word, not an English one, its a name of an Empire, not the name of the people living in it, which by the way, were Turkmen, not Turkman.

  25. Is it just me, or does Germany look like someone doing a thumbs up… (and the border with the Netherlands looks like a head)

  26. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ democracy

  27. yusuf kayaalp

  28. cool i thought the us declared war on germany because germany shot way too many ships

  29. Turkey made a genocide ın Armenians ? Unf

  30. You say anything about the US, positive or negative, and this comment section just goes fucking rabid. It’s hilarious.


  32. The city kut lmao

  33. This reminds me of battlefield 1


  35. ottoman empire i live in gallipoli

  36. When you didn’t work on your WW1 presentation

  37. Oversimplified at 6:33 : this caused America to join the war
    Also oversimplified: plays Japanese naval music

  38. 6:06 lets just take a second to notice that thumbs up.

  39. My great grandma was in Albania during that I am Albanian but I was told it sucked and my aunt, uncles, grandma, and mom were in it when Russia made it communist and had to flee now they are in America

  40. 2:56 and using American citizens as human shields hoping Germany would risk war the United States

  41. I liked the video but where is Atatürk?

  42. 6:23 makes me laugh every time 😂

  43. Don't ever destroy american boats,
    Like spain. They destroyed the american battleships, what happened? They went war. See?

  44. Germany: sends message to Mexico
    British de coders and Americans: Ya done goofed

  45. Wudn’t it b crrrazy kewl if u guys attacked America?

    From Germany xoxo

  46. Impressive how its only when Bulgaria joined the war and the European entente that Serbia got knocked out, a hard people

  47. Imagine Germans seeing a tank for the first time while in the trenches. "Klaus, what the fuck is that?"

  48. great vid
    my students loved it
    – steve perez


  49. America was like u know what hold my bald eagle

  50. Germany tried to get Mexico to attack the USA.
    This enraged the Americans, who punished them severely

  51. what about Canada

  52. Vietnam oversimplified

  53. My great grammar went to Niugini to fight in ww1

  54. some austrian boy:ww1 is over i will pursue my passion in arts

  55. 5:10 in Dutch kut means pussy

  56. 6:45 ARBA KADABRA

  57. I love my Imperial Germany

    Why did you go please come back

  58. 2:05

    West always used use muslims and jihad …
    And then called them 'Terrorist'

  59. "Overthrew the tsar" by KILLING HIM AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY

  60. Almost every attack on Russia in a few words: They weren't prepared for the cold.

  61. Ah, this is why I love Canada

  62. Mexico wouldnt do nothing because they were in a civil war.

  63. Germany: Tries to send message to Mexico to invade America

    Britain: I’m gonna make America end this man’s Whole Career

  64. Song when you were talking about Germany’s surrender?

  65. this guy is great at what he does

  66. America!

    Plays Russian music

  67. 6:30 Over there, over there, send the word, send the word, over there…

  68. It's funny that La Marseillaise plats when talking about the United States

  69. 1:47 FREDDY BISHOP!!!

  70. BUCKET

  71. I guarantee at least 1 liberal will try to blame America for the war.

  72. Ww1 is same players but different reasons 🙄 .. Germany didnt learn anything

  73. Germany=player
    America=enemy boss
    6:28 when you accidently get spotted by the boss of the stage early

  74. fuckin noob romania gg

  75. 2:49 im American and……

    This is the best poster ive ever seen

  76. 6:29 *star-spangled banner intensifies*

  77. Germany is like that sucky person in your Clash of Clans group who always begs for war and then gets the whole team destroyed by doing so.

  78. Horribly inaccurate video

  79. You forgot to mention that the British used chlorine gas first but since they won the war they said the Germans did first

  80. The Stars and Stripes forever I'm Filipino by the way.

  81. Canada, Vimy Ridge?

  82. Kudos for throwing in the Armenian genocide👍👍

  83. scariest sentance… last one… "…for about 20 years" goddamn

  84. Dont ever speak abodut the worldwars with germans im german and every german hates the german history

  85. You know why we keep losing battles?

    Because our tactics are out of date, the enemy has improved theirs, we have tons of political infighting, and we're overextended?

    No. It's because of those Armenians over there.

    Who? Us?

    Look at how they slurp their soup. They're up to something.

    We can't even afford soup.

    Oh those sneaky Armenians.

  86. damn commanders were using people like pawns on a game of chess

  87. a video about rasputin?

  88. Kaiser Einstein seriously thought Mexico could beat the US in a war. Let that sink in.

  89. Philipines was just chilling

  90. Russia: guys i have an idea

    *Russia Has Left The Game*

  91. that's not the German flag…

  92. Were big brain

  93. 1:45

  94. I’m the dumbest person in the world!

    I think Germany started ww1

    You’re clearly dumber

  95. fun fact it is suspected that the British sent that message to mexico and claimed that it was the Germans. Then they claimed that they had intersepted it and then showed it to America to get it involved in WWI. I don't know if that is actually true, but what if the British did do that where they morally wrong to do so? or was that the right thing to do because it saved more lives and ended the war sooner?

  96. Civil war plz

  97. what is the song at 5:46 I need to know

  98. 0:47 me: sees Japan take over Taiwan
    Me: Nooo how could you Japan

  99. 6:29
    I may not be american but they just look badass joining the war

  100. 5:16 kut? that means pussy in dutch XD XD

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