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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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World War I or the First World War, often abbreviated as WWI or WW1, and referred to by some Anglophone authors as the "Great War" or the "War to End All Wars", was a global conflict which lasted from 1914 to 1918, and is considered one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Belligerents included much of Europe, the Russian Empire, the United States, and the Ottoman Empire, with fighting occurring throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Pacific, and parts of Asia. An estimated 9 million soldiers were killed in combat, plus another 23 million wounded, while 5 million civilians died as a result of military action, hunger, and disease. Millions more died in genocides within the Ottoman Empire and in the 1918 influenza pandemic, which was exacerbated by the movement of combatants during the war.
Prior to 1914, the European great powers were divided between the Triple Entente, comprising France, Russia, and Britain, and the Triple Alliance, containing Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. Tensions in the Balkans came to a head on 28 June 1914 following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the Austro-Hungarian heir, by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb. Austria-Hungary blamed Serbia, which led to the July Crisis, an unsuccessful attempt to avoid conflict through diplomacy. On 28 July 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, and Russia came to the latter's defence. By 4 August, the system of entangling alliances drew in Germany, France, and Britain, along with their respective colonies, although Italy initially remained neutral. In November 1914, the Ottoman Empire, Germany, and Austria-Hungary formed the Central Powers, and on 26 April 1915, Italy joined Britain, France, Russia, and Serbia as the Allies of World War I. (Full article...)
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- ... that Pierre Daumesnil refused to surrender the Château de Vincennes after the French Empire had been defeated at the Battle of Paris in 1814?
- ... that although it was only formed in late 1939, the French 87th African Infantry Division inflicted 6,600 casualties upon the German forces and fought until the very end of the Battle of France?
- ... that the 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot marched 1,100 kilometres (680 mi), some of it in snowshoes, during the Canadian winter to fight in the War of 1812?
- ... that two Northumbrian kings, Ælla and Osberht, were killed by Vikings in 867 at the Battle of York?
- ... that William Williams was a newspaper publisher who volunteered for service during the War of 1812 and advanced to the rank of colonel?
- ... that the player of a 1990 video game can recreate the 14.5-hour-long Battle of Rorke's Drift in real time, controlling each of the 137 British defenders?
- ... that some of the men of Ruffner's Missouri Battery were executed by Union forces after being captured at the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry?
- ... that a report that Slayback's Missouri Cavalry Regiment, which was formed in 1864, was armed with lances instead of firearms is likely inaccurate?
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Photo taken by a RF-8 Crusader aircraft during a low-level photographic flight mission over the San Cristobal MRBM launch site in Cuba, November 1962, after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Although this image was taken days after the crisis had ended (October 28), this image has become iconic of the crisis to the point where it is often cited incorrectly as having been taken during the crisis.
Photo credit: United States Air Force
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Vickers was the successor to the Maxim gun and remained in British military service for 79 consecutive years. (from Weapon)
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
A fatally wounded Israeli school boy in a Hamas attack, 2011 (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
Horn of Africa circa 1540 during the
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