Total War Examples

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The concept of ‘total war’ is essential in regards to both the First World War and the Second World War. Total War is defined as a war which is unrestricted in terms of the weapons used, the territory or combatants involved, or the objectives pursued, especially in which the accepted rules of war are disregarded. For Europe, the First World War unleashed a war that people had not yet been exposed to. 1914 changed the way wars affected the lives of the nation, previous to this the wars only effected the army, in regards to society. This essay will analyse both World War One and World War Two to demonstrate examples of ‘total war’. ‘Total war surely describes World War One. The Term itself was born during this vast conflict, which exhibited all the…show more content…
The Bombing of Dresden was an attack made on the German Capital by British and American forces. It took places in the European Theatre and left the city destroyed. On the night of 13 and 14 February 1945 the RAF bombed the city of Dresden, causing devastating fires which obliterated the historic city centre and killed many thousands of people. Sixty years later these raids remain one of the most notorious, and also one of the most controversial, episodes in the history of the Second World War. Over 3,900 bombs were dropped on the city by the RAF and the USAAF. The Battle of Stalingrad is also a great example of Total War in World War Two. It was a battle between the Soviet Union and Germany to gain control of the capital city of Stalingrad. Air raids and physical attack on civilians were used to gain control of the city. The Battle of Stalingrad was the deadliest battle of the war and it is also considered the bloodiest war of all time. As the city was named after Stalin, Hitler hoped that taking Stalin’s city would crush the Soviet’s spirit. Over one million people were killed and the Soviet Union gained control in the end, but both sides suffered great
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