WW1 – Oversimplified (Part 1)

WW1 – Oversimplified (Part 1)


The world of 1914. A time of modern technology, culture, and fashion. Truly the height of civilization. Let’s have a war. Everyone knew a big war was coming. France wanted some stuff back that Germany had taken from it, Germany wanted to take more of EVERYONE’S stuff, and they’re building a big sexy navy that was making the British uncomfortable. These two empires thought they’re really cool. But lots of different people who live there didn’t think it was so cool. And some of them had even been declaring independence, with help from Russia. Everyone was talking about each other behind each other’s backs. Throw in the fact that military
technology had come a long way since the last major war, and suddenly everyone was pretty eager to beat each other up. In this area of Austria-Hungary lived some Serbs and Bosnians who hated living in Austria-Hungary. So the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand goes there for a nice drive in an open-top car, with his car’s route published in advance. And that went just about as well as you’d expect. Some assassins were waiting for him along the way and threw bombs at his car, but they missed and blew up some officers behind him, instead. So, the Archduke goes into hiding, leaves Sarajevo and whole war never happens. Except no. The Archduke doesn’t leave, but instead goes back out in the open top car, to visit the injured officers in hospital. The driver takes a wrong turn and by sheer coincidence gets stuck besides one of the failed assassins. Who shoots him. Austria-Hungary is understandably pissed about all this, and they think the Serbian government had something to do with it (which they might have). So they go to their ally Germany and say: “Hey Germany, we’re gonna declare war on Serbia!”, and Germany is all for that. So Austria-Hungary sends a big list of impossible demands to Serbia and when Serbia refuses, they declare war. Austria-Hungary and Germany are friends and Serbia is protected by Russia, who’s friends with France, so they all declare war on each other. Montenegro joins in, too. France and Britain also have a kind of alliance. So, when France says: “Hey, Britain you got my back?”, Britain is like: “Maybe…?”, and then they decide to stay out of it. Which is great for Germany because Germany has a plan: They know that Russia is so big and clumsy that it will take them all to get ready for war. So with this guy in charge Germany will send all its troops into France at Lightning speed while Russia is getting ready. Defeat France then move all the troops to Russia and defeat Russia. Then we all speak German and eat Pfefferpotthast every day. Just one problem: France has loads of forts and defences along its German border. And Germany can’t waste any time fighting them so Germany decides to go around them. Through Belgium. Belgium is neutral but Germany wants to march 750 thousand troops through it to get around France’s defenses. They’re hoping Belgium will just kind of sit down and shut up. But they don’t. They fight back, and they’re pretty good, too, so they slow the Germans down. What’s worse is that Britain shows up. And they’re pretty pissed that Germany is invading neutral countries. So now Britain declares war on Germany. So Germany push on through Belgium and commit some atrocities along the way. They also wear spikes and sometimes skulls on the uniform. So, if you’re trying to not look like the bad guys: Good job. The allies have a propaganda extravaganda and this starts having an influence around the world, notably in America. The US President Woodrow Wilson sees himself as a bit of a Jesus figure and spends most of the war trying to get everyone to just hug it out. But there’s also a large population of ethnic Germans living in the United States and when the war first broke out they were like: “Yay, Germany!!” But now that they are committing atrocities in Belgium they are less enthusiastic. Let’s play: Spot the French soldier! Did you see him? Easy right? He’s wearing a bright blue uniform with red trousers and do you know who else spotted him easily, too? The Germans. So, when the French were slowly marching in columns to the countryside the Germans easily tore them to shreds with their giant guns. All the nations involved in this war went in with an old-school war mentality. And all of them had to update the uniforms and tactics a lot during the great war. Because this war was going to be like nothing anyone had ever seen before. Russia is ready for war and way earlier than expected. “Hey, Austria-Hungary, can you get on top of that?” “Oh? Yeah, sure! We’ve got this.” nope. So, Germany has to send some troops back to the east to defend against the Russians. The chief of staff of the Austro-Hungarian army is this guy. And although he is handsome, He turns out not to be the best military strategist. Austria-Hungary constantly ignores Germany’s advice, …and then comes running back to Germany whenever they get in trouble. Austria-Hungary even gets its ass kicked by tiny Serbia who repels all their invasion attempts at the start of the war. It’s better news for Germany in the North, though, where they almost completely wipe out the Russians second army. Back on the western front, the Germans continue advancing and are in sight of Paris. At this point anyone would be forgiven for thinking the Germans were going to get that quick victory after all. But then things start to go wrong. The French commander-in-chief knew something had to be done. And he ordered his armies to stop retreating. In the resulting battle, a gap opened up in the German lines. If a gap opens up, the enemy can use it to flank you from the side and behind. So the German armies have to retreat. The Allies launch a counter-attack, so the Germans dig into defensive positions. The Allies do the same. Then both sides move north trying to outflank each other along the way. When they reach the sea, They’re in a stalemate with trench systems running the whole way from the coast to Switzerland. The beginning of trench-warfare on the Western front. Here’s, how trench warfare works: Two opposing lines of trenches with No-man’s land in between. One side would pummel the other with hundreds of thousands of artillery shells, sometimes for days at a time. This had a huge psychological effect on the soldiers leaving many shell-shocked. Then, the attacking troops would leave their trenches and rush across no-man’s land, A muddy wet mess of shell craters and barbed wire. The defending trench would unleash machine-gun fire on the attackers inflicting thousands of casualties. The attackers would send wave after wave until either they gave up or the opposing trench was finally overrun. There would be months of fighting and the deaths of thousands in order to gain a few meters or kilometers of land. Living in the trenches was hard work, too. Corpses, mud that could swallow you whole, pools of poisonous water, rats, disease, the smell… It’s insane that millions of soldiers put up with these conditions and commanders ordered them to do so for years.

100 thoughts to “WW1 – Oversimplified (Part 1)”

  1. “Germany wanted to take more of everyone’s stuff.”
    Well OverSimplified gets to make claims with nothing to back them up I guess. That is a ridiculous statement

  2. The number one way to start a world breaking war: assassinate a world leader

    Assassins Creed: hold my wrist blade

  3. while this in brazil:
    H-U-E- H-U-E- H-U-E
    américa:what
    brazil:HEUHEUEHEUEHEUHEUEHUEHUEHEUHEUHEUEHEUHEUE ZUERA NEVER ENDS

  4. I think the Central powers were the good guys. If they won the war it might really have been the war to end all wars. The germans did nothing wrong and got punished way more than they should have at the end of the war which lead to world war 2. The allies were the wons who started the war after all.

  5. Can you make a video about north africa and the invasion by other countries or about all the kingdoms that Morocco went through.

  6. 1:16
    Not "one of the assassins"
    Gavrilo Princip is his name
    Hero!
    And you forgot how 54 mil people state tried to invade a country with 4 million people, and failed several times.

  7. I remember those days. I was sitting in my recliner chair, smoking a cigar, and drinking a glass of wine while watching the war when the United Kingdom told me that Germany planned to fund Mexico for an invasion of me. So, I had to drop my glass and kick some German ass.

  8. Sir Russia's weak we should invade. France is strong and has lots of forts what should we do. Leader of germany: let's go into Belgium

  9. Ww1 was organized by the satanic Jesuit/Illuminati mason society

    In 1870

    Albert pike the grand master mason gave details on how they would organize 3 world wars

    Ww1 and 2 happened just how he detailed

  10. Serbia did not provoke war.Ferdinand was just a drop that overflowed time. Explain why Germany had a plan in advance to figure out how to occupy France in 40 days.

  11. I honestly do t actually give two shits about the war (y’all know what I mean) I’m not a history person but I lowkey watch this video all the time and die more each time 😂🤪😂🤪

  12. i have to say you are some what right but wrong in a lot of places (1) the people that tried to kill him didnt miss with the grenades they didnt realizes that they had a 7 – 9 second daily on them. (2) you forgot to say about the sandwich that the only one that didnt use the pill to kill themselves with if caught or caught by the police and the pills were over the use by date so most of the pills just eat the gums mouth and throat of the ones using them not to spend life in prison. The sandwich the last guy went to get a sandwich from a shop down a small road on the corner and as the car took a wrong tune down the road the guy cam out of the shop with his sandwich looked up sported him and short. More things in this 1 and the 2nd one that isnt right but i dont really want to spent 2 house writing it all out people that liking to learn more and the great war dont 100% believe what is in videos like this spend some time reading some books and finding papers online to read dont just take what is in this and the other video to hart. The Great War was a horrific time in Europe and the world but on a lighter note the Great War mite not have happened if it was not for a sandwich. funny if you think about it in that way.

  13. WW1 had Denmark,Austria Hungary,Germany,Italy,Ottaman Empire,Romania,Greece,Serbia,Iran,Switzerland,Albania,Montenegro,Liechtenstein,
    Luxembourg,Spain,Portugal,Russia,France,Netherlands,United States,Great Brittan and Belgium.

  14. Waze in the 1900'S: Take a left turn in 100 meters
    Guy: Takes a left
    Waze: Re Routing
    Assasin: MLG snipes the guy
    WW2: Why waze you caused this

  15. lol la 1er guerre mondial na en aucun cas été causé par la mort d'un obscure prince les vrais causes sont la monté de l'anarchisme dans les classes ouvrières européenne et la guerre a été le moyen de brisée ce mouvement

  16. Nobody: WW1: Germans: so were gonna go around u through Belgium
    France: nuuuuu.
    France: almost dead
    France uhhhhhhhhhh how about no u
    WW2: Germany: RIGHT BACK AT U BUCKAROO

  17. 1:35 Serbia did accepted all the demands and added another thing on the list – a presence of international arbitrage of the process (Austro-Hungarian Empire wanted to conduct their own investigation who did the assassination). That part was considered as "Serbia rejected our demands". Exhausted by the previous Balkan Wars (part 1. Remove the Ottomans from the Balkans with friends and part 2. having war against those friends) Serbia was not ready for any plotting and scheming, especially not for war and thus had a desperate need of international attention.
    4:03 Russia was ready even before Serbia sent the original reply to Austria. Which is highly suspicious. Serbian prime minister at the time advised himself with ambassador from Russia regarding original Austrian demands, and the ambassador reassured him nothing will go wrong as Russia will support Serbia so that Austria will not declare the war. After that meeting, Russia immediately started mobilizing their troops, yet Serbia believed there won't be any war and that great powers will resolve this between themselves.

  18. But Serbia refuses only article 6, which means that the Austrians should live in Serbia and spy on any other assasinations. So there where the war starts.

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