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is a state of conflict
between relatively large groups of people (such as nations
, social groups
), which is characterized by lethal armed violence
or upon civilians
. Other terms for war, which often serve as euphemisms
, include armed conflict, hostilities, and police action
A common look on war is a series of military campaigns between at least two or more opposing sides involving a dispute over sovereignty, territory, resources, ideology, or a host of other issues. A war to liberate an occupied country is sometimes characterized as a "war of liberation", while a war between internal elements of the same state is called a civil war.
Aside from humans and other primates, ants are the only other animals known to exhibit such behavior on a large scale.
A battle is a single engagement fought between two or more parties, wherein each party or aligned group will seek to defeat their opponent. Battles are most often fought during military campaigns and can usually be well defined in time, space and action. Wars are generally the continuum of a related series of battles and are guided by strategy, whereas individual battles are the stage on which tactics are employed.
Military history is the recording and analysis of those events in the history of humanity that fall within the category of organized armed conflict and that relates to the institutions and organizations that prosecute such conflict.
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Clockwise from top: Russian cruiser Pallada under fire at Port Arthur, Russian cavalry at Mukden, Russian cruiser Varyag and gunboat Korietz at Chemulpo Bay, Japanese dead at Port Arthur, Japanese infantry crossing the Yalu River
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|Casualties and losses|
- 34,000–52,623 killed or died of wounds
- 9,300–18,830 died of disease
- 146,032 wounded
- 74,369 captured
- 8 battleships sunk
- 2 battleships captured
- 47,152–47,400 killed
- 11,424–11,500 died of wounds
- 21,802–27,200 died of disease
- 2 battleships sunk
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The following are images from various war-related articles on Wikipedia.
Illustration of an "eruptor," a proto-cannon, capable of firing cast-iron bombs filled with gunpowder, from the 14th century Ming Dynasty book Huolongjing (from
Horn of Africa circa 1540 during the
Medieval Indian weapons (from
Selection of weapons collected by security officers at an airport (from
James Tissot (c. 1900) illustrating the War against the Midianites as narrated in Numbers 31. (from Religious war)
Midianite women, children and livestock taken captive by Israelite soldiers after all Midianite men had been killed and their towns burnt. Watercolour by
Vickers was the successor to the Maxim gun and remained in British military service for 79 consecutive years. (from Weapon)
A fatally wounded Israeli school boy in a Hamas attack, 2011 (from
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