Which war was it?

By: John Miller
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The history of human warfare is littered with crazy events, crazier people and even weirder statistics. Can you match the name of the situation with the correct conflict?

This war began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

In 1914, a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip murdered Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He ignited World War I, which resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of people.

It was also called "The War to End All Wars."

World War I was The Great War and The War to End All Wars. It certainly did not end warfare. Twenty years later, people were back fighting all over again.

It's also called the Resistance War Against America.

Americans call it the Vietnam War. The North Vietnamese call it the Resistance War Against America. For both sides, it was a muddy, bloody affair that cost tens of thousands of lives.

This war claimed the lives of about 6,000 soldiers per day.

Industrialized warfare came to fruition during World War I. About 6,000 men died for every day of the war. In all, about 9 million soldiers perished in combat zones.

American expansionism was the main cause of this war.

President Polk saw the unsettled West as a place for citizens of the U.S. to conquer; Mexicans disagreed. But in the end, the U.S. defeated Mexico and claimed much of the Southwest for its people.

The Treaty of Versailles ended this war.

The Treaty of Versailles ended World War I and placed blame for the war directly on Germany. The treaty's humiliating terms gave rise to German nationalism ... and a nightmarish little ghoul named Hitler.

"Trench foot" was a common affliction amongst troops in which war?

World War I was famous for its trench warfare, and trenches were swampy and downright disgusting. Damp boots resulted in trench foot, an affliction that in severe cases led to amputation.

The National Liberation Front was a huge part of this war.

The National Liberation Front was another name for the Viet Cong, the military force of North Vietnam in the Vietnam War. The Front specialized in guerilla warfare tactics that frustrated their powerful American foes.

Operation Barbarossa may have cost one country which war?

During World War II, Hitler made a terrible decision to launch Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union. In doing so, the Nazi leader split his armies between two fronts, an act that may have lost the war for Germany.

The Women's Army Corps played a major role during which conflict?

During World War II, the Women's Army Corps (WAC) was an all-female Army unit. The women underwent physical training and performed many vital jobs, from switchboard operators to mechanics.

This deadly war spanned from 1998 to 2003.

In 1998, the Great War of Africa took hold of central Africa. It may have killed more than 5 million people.

This war saw the fall of a dictator named Benito Mussolini.

Benito Mussolini was the vicious dictator of Italy during World War II. He allied himself with Hitler as part of a plot to gather ever more power, but in the end he died at the hands of the Allies.

This extremely bloody war started in 1861.

In 1861, the Southern states decided to secede from the Union -- an act that forced President Lincoln's hand. The American Civil War devastated communities in both the North and South.

Which war was the first to feature steel combat helmets for soldiers?

In World War I, bullets zinged and artillery shells blasted all along the front lines. Soldiers needed steel helmets to deflect shrapnel that came from every direction.

This widespread conflict ravaged much of Asia in the 13th century.

During the 1200s, the Mongols, led by Genghis Khan, conquered much of Asia. They brutalized villages and cities to the tune of perhaps 70 million victims.

The Gulf of Tonkin incident caused an escalation of America's involvement in which war?

In 1964, a U.S. military ship was involved in a confrontation with North Vietnamese ships during the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Some say the U.S. fabricated the whole thing as an excuse to escalate the war.

More American troops died in this war than any other conflict.

The American Civil war was the bloodiest by far. More than 620,000 men died -- most of them were killed by diseases.

The gruesome Battle Of the Somme happened during which war?

The Battle Of The Somme was one of the deadliest fights in world history. Nearly 20,000 Allied soldiers perished in a single day.

The Second Sino-Japanese War was part of which conflict?

The Second Sino-Japanese War was part of World War II. Japan attacked China and slaughtered countless civilians as the Empire of the Rising Sun began its dreams of imperialism.

This war may have killed as many as 85 million people around the world.

World War II was by far the deadliest conflict in human history. Perhaps 85 million people died as nearly every country on the planet went to war.

This war started with the explosion of the USS Maine.

In 1898, the U.S. sent the USS Maine to Cuba, and the ship suffered a massive explosion of unknown origin. No matter the cause, it sparked a conflict called the Spanish-American War.

This war inspired a book titled "All Quiet on the Western Front."

Erich Maria Remarque wrote "All Quiet on the Western Front," a novel about his World War I experiences. It describes the surreality of surviving inhuman warfare, only to return again to the front lines.

The biggest "baby boom" in history occurred after which war?

At the end of World War II, millions of servicemen returned to their homes and started (or expanded) families. In the United States, the baby boom dramatically altered demographics and economics.

The Meuse-Argonne Offensive happened during which conflict?

The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was an Allied offensive during World War I. Although the Allies won, it was costly -- more than 26,000 American troops died in the battle.

The Battle of Pusan Perimeter happened during which war?

The Battle of Pusan Perimeter was one of the first major American battles during the Korean War. The U.S. lost nearly 5,000 troops, but eventually, United Nations forces pushed back the North Koreans.

The Battle of Stalingrad occurred during which war?

In 1942 the Nazis were pushing into the Soviet Union and they wanted to capture Stalingrad, but the Soviets had no intention of retreating. The epic battle cost more than 1 million soldiers their lives.

The Winter War was part of which conflict?

The Winter War was part of World War II. It started when the Soviet Union invaded Finland in 1939. Shortly thereafter, the invasion was deemed illegal, and the League of Nations threw the Soviet Union out of the club.

The Guadalcanal Campaign was a critical part of which conflict?

The Americans initiated the Guadalcanal Campaign to push back against the Japanese in World War II. U.S. troops soon learned to loathe the boggy, disease-ridden jungles that disguised deep Japanese bunkers.

Some historians believe that this war may have claimed 100 million lives.

The Taiping Rebellion occurred just before the American Civil War, and it was far deadlier. This Chinese conflict may have killed 100 million people. It was a civil war of sorts that involved clashes of political and religious ideologies.

The Hundred Days Offensive helped to end which war?

In 1918, the Allies were ready to stick a fork in the Central Powers. They launched the Hundred Days Offensive in an effort to put down the Germans once and for all, and it all started with the Battle of Amiens. Eventually, the offensive ended in Allied victory.

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