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WW1 - Oversimplified (Part 1)

  • čas přidán 20. 10. 2016
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Komentáře • 21 117

  • James Porter
    James Porter Před rokem +35918

    I like how he didn’t even introduce his channel and just started spitting facts

  • Gaminglichgamer
    Gaminglichgamer Před 7 měsíci +1522

    *Comes onto CHclip*
    *Starts spitting facts*
    *Doesn't elaborate*
    *Returns and starts spitting facts again*

    • Us countryball
      Us countryball Před 7 dny

      Everyone: Rewatching until he uploads

    • Štěpán Veselý
      Štěpán Veselý Před 11 dny

      \When i hear Monte Negro, my slavic heart want u killl ver badly :D “”

    • Oxifly
      Oxifly Před 20 dny

      @fortnitekid444 *you’re*

    • Brian Lyons
      Brian Lyons Před 22 dny +1


    • Ravenwing
      Ravenwing Před měsícem

      Rinse and repeat

  • Dylan Buck
    Dylan Buck Před 4 dny +7

    History has taught us that every time the standard of living is at its highest, everyone wants to have a war

    • Taco Bender
      Taco Bender Před 2 dny +1

      I guess when youre not worrying about survivng, you have more time to try and solve other problems.

  • Dillon Crowe
    Dillon Crowe Před 9 měsíci +232

    With just HOW MUCH MORE detailed Oversimplified's videos have been the last couple years, I personally would LOVE to see him remake his WW1 videos!

    • John Machenzie
      John Machenzie Před 13 dny +1

      ​@Dillon Crowe Who knows what will happen, I'd still watch it anyway.

    • Dillon Crowe
      Dillon Crowe Před 13 dny +1

      @John Machenzie sure, it takes more time, but it is oh so worth it.

    • John Machenzie
      John Machenzie Před 13 dny +1

      @Dillon Crowe He spends too much time on his videos (often half a year), and instead of remakes like this one (not to mention this isn't even a bad video) he could invest his time and energy on new projects. If he hired more staff and somehow uploads videos 2-4 weeks then this wouldn't be much of an issue but currently it is.

    • Dillon Crowe
      Dillon Crowe Před 13 dny

      @John Machenzie why not?

    • John Machenzie
      John Machenzie Před 13 dny

      No he shouldn't

  • Mal3rtik
    Mal3rtik Před dnem +2

    Before the war germany had a couple colonies in africa but nothing compared to Britain, Germany was building up their navy, their leader was kaiser wilhelm

  • idk
    idk Před rokem +8591

    Imagine taking a wrong turn somewhere and suddenly you’ve changed the course of human history

    • MAB Studios
      MAB Studios Před 16 dny

      @Uros Kovacevic yeah because there wouldn’t be as much need for better technology that fast, also hitler would’ve been older and he served in WW1 so it would change a lot

    • BlueWave
      BlueWave Před 20 dny


    • Batuhan Güneş
      Batuhan Güneş Před 22 dny

      The biggest whoopsie

    • Toxic Mobile
      Toxic Mobile Před 26 dny

      Imagine telling someone with a mustache to write his name on an art test and preventing the holocaust

    • Fredeick the Great
      Fredeick the Great Před měsícem

      @Gaming Creeper That is a massive exaggeration. The Americans could have won the American revolution even if the French hadn't intervened. There were 40,000 American troops and 10,800 French troops. I know France provided a lot of money and weapons to the Americans but saying that the American revolution because of French support is definitely a big exaggeration.

  • Jake Martin
    Jake Martin Před 8 dny +18

    Just finished watching the whole WW1 and WW2 series, so so well made. I’ve never had a good understanding of the world wars until now. Thank you

  • Mahir Origami
    Mahir Origami Před 13 hodinami +4

    What a fate for those millions of men … 😢

  • Anna Liew
    Anna Liew Před 8 měsíci +40

    when he talked about the trench warfare, it just sends chill to my body. So many men have to faced intense fear and died for nothing, maybe not even an inch of land gain for their death. Rest in peace soldiers. You all were born in a wrong time. May God bless your soul.

    • Dream_Walker
      Dream_Walker Před 3 měsíci +5

      I have to write an essay about the conditions of the trench and the effects on the soldiers and it was awful just writing it out, knowing it was a real occurrence that hurt so many young men.

  • Thijmen
    Thijmen Před 2 měsíci +28

    It’s amazing to see how he managed to maintain the style of his first video to this day but still manages to improve upon it in the form of more detailed animation, better humor and voice acting, editing etc. It’s truly amazing how you can watch all videos this dude has made in a day easily and you still feel like rewatching them every now and then. Sure the wait for something new is long but you can always be assured that what you get will be a video you can rewatch over and over again (quality over quantity). Content creating at its best.

  • Shelley Crayon 4
    Shelley Crayon 4 Před 2 lety +2588

    Why is Austria Hungary if they have Turkey right beside each other?

    • Tekkerz Gaming
      Tekkerz Gaming Před hodinou


    • m_e
      m_e Před 7 dny

      It’s good because of the thinking

    • Rhinoboy2000
      Rhinoboy2000 Před 10 dny

      Dad joke 100

    • Bozo ツ ♉
      Bozo ツ ♉ Před 12 dny


    • Bruh
      Bruh Před 14 dny

      @Ryan Scully Stfu man take your judgement somewhere else we don’t care plus they fixed the Hungary thing

  • NnNeEediIMm
    NnNeEediIMm Před měsícem +23

    You literally helped me do my history assignment. Thank you!

    • EliseFairyYT
      EliseFairyYT Před měsícem

      The man has a video on nearly every major historical conflict/event

  • clawitzer is the best pokemon
    clawitzer is the best pokemon Před 2 měsíci +8

    It's impressive how far he's come and how much his videos have improved since then

  • Depressed Chargers Fan
    Depressed Chargers Fan Před 3 měsíci +38

    I always come back here after a new upload just to see how far he's come since this first video. It's truly amazing how far the animation quality has come along.

    • mdsatan
      mdsatan Před 2 měsíci

      Not just animation, compared to the newer vids you can really hear the audio being noticeably and inconsistenly edited.

  • Dave Rose
    Dave Rose Před 2 měsíci +8

    Can we all just appreciate how far the videos have come. From humble beginnings to totally epic

  • Mr. ?
    Mr. ? Před rokem +5740

    If you ever feel dumb remember that the Arch Duke of Ferdinand went back out in public after people tried to assassinate him.

    • RTG Gaming
      RTG Gaming Před 8 měsíci

      Because of that,lots of people have to die because of war

    • Noah Ramey
      Noah Ramey Před 8 měsíci

      @Black Haze yeah that’s true.

    • Black Haze
      Black Haze Před 8 měsíci

      @Noah Ramey Yes it would have had a different outcome but major powers in Europe were trying to find excuses to try out their new weapons(like germans) to conquer others for their own interests. This is an undeniable fact. Wars were more common back in the day as well and it was a matter of someone invented the atomic bomb to stop all major wars. Which is what happened in the end.

    • Noah Ramey
      Noah Ramey Před 8 měsíci

      @Black Haze well yes but actually no. Tensions were rising greatly, but the war still could’ve been avoided if we got lucky enough. Even still if the war did still happen, it would’ve happened later and played out differently and would’ve gave a different outcome.

    • Black Haze
      Black Haze Před 8 měsíci

      @Noah Ramey WW1 was unavodiable though. Something else would have triggered it if the assasination didn't occur.

  • Iron Cross
    Iron Cross Před 2 dny

    My social studies teacher put this on even though I watched this like 3 years ago. Noice!

  • Wheatly Crab
    Wheatly Crab Před 8 měsíci +3

    Thanks to you i got an A+ form history at the end of the grade, really well done keep up the good work

  • Spicy Muffin
    Spicy Muffin Před 2 měsíci +2

    Thanks for creating this. So many others start waffling nonsence and start from part way through the war. This focus on how it started and progressed is a great bite sized way to learn.

  • Marvel Geek
    Marvel Geek Před 6 měsíci +10

    Oversimplified: Everyone was talking about each other behind each other’s backs.
    Germany to Austria: Let’s kick Russia’s butt.
    Bulgaria to Russia: Yo, You got my back?
    Austria to Germany: I hear Russia likes nickel back.
    Italy to Britain: Austria lives with its Mom.
    France to Britain: Germany’s butt’s hairy.
    Germany to France: Rekt
    Russia to France: U smell nice.
    Spain: *que* ?

  • RandomCrapStudios
    RandomCrapStudios Před rokem +6748

    I would really like to see "WWI remastered" because there is so much more to talk about.

    • CirieZ
      CirieZ Před 2 měsíci

      I would like to see the Soviet-Polish war for independence as a mini war

    • CirieZ
      CirieZ Před 2 měsíci

      @LouBriccante yeah but also his newer videos are on longer topics
      Ww1 didnt have as much, ig the russian revolution counts for a long topic but he already talked about it

    • CirieZ
      CirieZ Před 2 měsíci

      @LouBriccante yeah but also his newer videos are on longer topics
      Ww1 didnt have as much, ig the russian revolution counts for a long topic but he already talked about it

    • the poop monster
      the poop monster Před 2 měsíci

      @8-Bit Stream Ratio

    • 8-Bit Stream
      8-Bit Stream Před 2 měsíci +1

      It is oversimplified

  • Meat Man
    Meat Man Před 3 měsíci +2

    It's almost been 6 years... this was the first video I watched of oversimplified and I come back to pay respects every year

  • z ak
    z ak Před 8 měsíci +2

    the fact that i wasnt in school for like 2 months while everyone was learning about ww1 and then the day I return, I learn that the day after we'll have a quiz regarding ww1 and then I start to panic, come across this channel (and this vid) and somehow pass my quiz which shows how informative and on point this channel is 💕

  • RUEStudios
    RUEStudios Před 4 měsíci

    This was his first video ever on CHclip. Usually, people just start explain themselves, what their channel is about, etc. But this CHAD starts feeding our brains with useful information.

  • Lu Martinelli
    Lu Martinelli Před 4 měsíci +6

    Love this one. The script on these old videos had something special about it

    • Fecu
      Fecu Před 4 měsíci +1

      for real, i prefer this type

  • Scanida
    Scanida Před 10 měsíci +2588

    The German General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck held out for 4 years with 14.000 soldiers (3000 Germans and 11.000 Africans or Askaris) against 300.000 British soldiers despite being cut off from any supply line.
    He did this by being a brilliant strategist who moved his troops quickly and efficiently but also by treating his African troops as equals to the other Germans. During the Spanish Flu, when rations dwindled, only few soldiers deserted since they had all become so loyal and attached to von Lettow-Vorbeck.
    Decades later, in 1964 when von Lettow-Vorbeck died, the West-German Bundestag (parliament) decided to give back dated pay to all the surviving Askaris. So, a banker was flown to Mwanza at Lake Victoria who set up a provisional cashier‘s office. 350 former soldiers returned but only few of them could present documents, which von Lettow-Vorbeck had handed them out by the end of the war, to prove that they had served. So instead, others showed their uniforms to prove their service but there were still many left with no evidence. Then, the cashier had an idea: He gave all the men a broomstick and ordered them to perform the Prussian/German drill like they would‘ve done with a weapon. Not a single one of them failed the test and they were given their pay.

  • scorpio shit
    scorpio shit Před měsícem +1

    i can't explain how much i despised history before i started watching your videos instead of reading from the book and now im having full conversations with my teacher about wars i love it


    Your terminology is off WWI: Alliance(Germany, Austro-Hungary, Italy) Entente: (Russia, France, Great Britain)
    WWII: Allies vs Central Powers

  • PartiMe_Kyra
    PartiMe_Kyra Před 7 měsíci +1

    *Finally, someone speaks my language.* I've been searching for the summary of WWI and all the videos are like for experts. Or maybe I'm too dumb. This one makes it straight to the point and in way anyone (with or without historical knowledge) could understand.

  • GarkKahn
    GarkKahn Před 3 měsíci +5

    I looked for your channel and i'm impressed that i can't scroll down all your videos without reloading because there is only a few
    You're some kind of prophet from the internet

  • John
    John Před 5 dny

    Am I the only one who noticed that 🇩🇪 had a thumbs up on the top right.

  • meedabuhuh
    meedabuhuh Před 9 měsíci

    It's nice to watch this and see how far he's come. So proud.

  • Marc Malloy
    Marc Malloy Před 6 dny

    If you dont know the last major war was napeoleanonic wars before ww1

  • Subbing to anyone who subs to me

    Simple, short, clear, informative. That’s all we need.

  • Mister Yokel
    Mister Yokel Před rokem +4027

    Fun Fact: In world wars, Belgium’s only purpose is acting as a toll booth to France

    • Yellow Wasp Rakija
      Yellow Wasp Rakija Před 8 měsíci

      I think a lot of Belgians gave their lives and fought valiantly RIP

    • Hacker Gaming
      Hacker Gaming Před 11 měsíci

      Fun fact: my step-step grandfather is Belgium royalty

    • Loturzel Restaurant
      Loturzel Restaurant Před 11 měsíci

      @I am too lethargic to figure out a proper username Bluejay also covers History welll. Same for Illuminaughtii and
      of course CGP Gray.

    • Aiden Catalano
      Aiden Catalano Před rokem

      Papers please

    • Juan.
      Juan. Před rokem

      @Jason Dyrkacz and that's how Belgium became the richest country on earth

  • Bobtheham
    Bobtheham Před 4 měsíci +1

    I learned more about history from this channel then my history class

  • Funki Mochi
    Funki Mochi Před 9 měsíci +1

    This man made learning so much more humorous

  • varsha singh
    varsha singh Před měsícem

    After seeing some of your videos.. I realized your videos are very diplomatic.. The actions which changed the course of the world is explained so simply without stating the villans against.. 😞 how humans were imported.. Made slaves.. Made to fight.. Killed.. Why british army was able to retreat.. If history has to be told on a world platform either it should be from a bird's view and if not the videos must have the favorism written.. This will not guide the minds of budding generation..
    The impact could be less... But in longer run.. Such things r said wiping the real history 🙏

  • sweatx
    sweatx Před 7 měsíci +1

    Fun fact: you still can't stop watching this guy spitting facts

  • lionlj
    lionlj Před rokem +2717

    Germany: *commits atrocities in Belgium *
    The world: "how dare you do this!?"
    Belgians in Kongo: "yeah.... how dare you do something like this"

    • Paul Gibbon
      Paul Gibbon Před 3 měsíci

      @ChrisIsAPotato Britain did, and pretty much every other European country did horrible, shameful things to the people of their overseas colonies.
      Belgium repulsed even them.

    • Paul Gibbon
      Paul Gibbon Před 3 měsíci

      @Francois Naufahu Mainly, because Russia at the time was a backwards state built upon worship of a strongman leader, a caste of unelected elites who aggressively siphoned wealth from the working class by fair means and foul (and very foul) resulting in a horribly inefficient army, military tactics based around drowning the enemy in the blood of conscript hordes, and absurd imperial ideologies based upon a grossly inflated estimation of their own importance.
      Whereas nowadays...

    • Francois Naufahu
      Francois Naufahu Před 3 měsíci

      Why was Russia so bad in ww1, they had Ukraine Finland Belarus and the Baltic states buy yet they still weren't effective or strong

    • c0rps6
      c0rps6 Před 4 měsíci


    • Wafels Wafels
      Wafels Wafels Před 4 měsíci

      @Sock Higgins So? With 'didn't do anything' i mean nothing bad.

  • Timothy Evans
    Timothy Evans Před 9 měsíci

    This knowledge is delicious. More please. I am using these videos to teach my daughter and I wish there were more. We have seen them all. Teach on sage :)

  • Kill All Turtles
    Kill All Turtles Před 2 měsíci

    This really deserves a reboot, in 2016, everyone thought this was amazing, and know it's by far low-quality compared to new stuff

  • ThirsTea
    ThirsTea Před 2 měsíci +1

    Oversimplified,i really thankful of you for making this video because thanks to you i able to pass my exam with the full marks of WW1 questions,so once again thank you

  • Poetic Pariah
    Poetic Pariah Před 3 měsíci

    At 3:32, the image portrayed was actually a potential new uniform that France may have adopted if WWI hadn't broken out. To note, there is a green and yellow version of this uniform as well.

  • Ciara H
    Ciara H Před 3 lety +7569

    Who caused ww1: an uber driver
    Who caused ww2: an art teacher

    • Jared Joseph Songheng
      Jared Joseph Songheng Před 2 měsíci

      What Caused WW1 - An Austrian Man gets Shot
      What Caused WW2 - An Austrian Man doesn't get shot

    • Sonal Mudliyar
      Sonal Mudliyar Před 2 lety

      I hope there's no ww3

    • NinjaKED12
      NinjaKED12 Před 2 lety

      You mean an art student

    • Senor Felipe
      Senor Felipe Před 2 lety

      And now ww3 was caused by a dude getting blown up with a missile

    • Frosty Games
      Frosty Games Před 2 lety

      Ciara H who caused ww3: memes

  • Ms. Dennis
    Ms. Dennis Před 6 měsíci

    My students loved both part 1 and 2. Small suggestion - up the volume. Even with my speakers on max volume, audio was hard to hear at times.

  • NotJelly_Tako707
    NotJelly_Tako707 Před 3 měsíci

    I wouldn't mind having this guy as a history teacher

  • Jonas Koopman
    Jonas Koopman Před 5 měsíci +2

    if I was a history teacher, I would've shown this to my class

  • jad alaswad
    jad alaswad Před 7 měsíci

    If u want to know more about trench war i know a book called somme mud by edward lynch, its basically the story of an australian soldier who was in the western front during the trenchwar. Highly recommend

  • Hyperion
    Hyperion Před rokem +6900

    Thus a legend was born
    Can't believe this is his first video, it's pretty high quality

    • Sanity X
      Sanity X Před 8 měsíci

      his voice has changed throughout the years too

    • Lou Shark
      Lou Shark Před 8 měsíci

      @Macaroniwithdachickenstrips ikr!

    • Lou Shark
      Lou Shark Před 8 měsíci

      Yes, he is a really good youtuber

    • Jim
      Jim Před 9 měsíci +1

      Yea pretty good for first vid but the mic is way off compared to his newer ones

    • Macaroniwithdachickenstrips
      Macaroniwithdachickenstrips Před 9 měsíci +1


  • Neo
    Neo Před 8 měsíci

    I like how he did even introduce his channel or anything just started spitting straight facts

  • That girl ray
    That girl ray Před 8 měsíci +1

    Ah I remember when this channel was young
    I believe the subscriber count was like 14k
    I had heard all about WWII But had no idea about WWI, so I went to CHclip and looked up something to the effect of “world war one history simplified”
    And I remember this coming up and thinking OMG PERFECT
    This and part 2 were the only videos on the channel
    I thought “I sure hope this guy posts more” since I thought he was dead since it was just two videos and not a crazy amount of subs
    I’m so glad for your success and even five years later still love your channel!!! Keep up the good work!!!
    Ive been in love ever since

  • Creepily
    Creepily Před 20 dny

    Just realised my brother’s teacher uses your videos to teach ww1 in humanities lessons
    Just shows how good these videos are

  • Hritvik Esai Rooban
    Hritvik Esai Rooban Před 3 měsíci +4

    0:03 the world in 1914
    0:05 modern technology
    0:06 culture
    0:07 fashion
    0:11 let's have a war
    0:20 german navy
    0:27 people did not think it was cool
    0:29 declaring independence
    0:31 with help from Russia
    0:40 beat each other up
    0:43 Sarajevo
    0:48 archduke Franz ferdinando

    • Random SCP:SL Content
      Random SCP:SL Content Před 2 měsíci

      @Space most likely for personal notes

    • Space
      Space Před 3 měsíci +4

      This comment is so useless but yes

  • The citizen of the internet
    The citizen of the internet Před 2 lety +1943

    WW1 in a nutshell: So basically France and the UK declared war on Germany for declaring war on Russia for declaring war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire for declaring war on Serbia.

    • sparkle NIGHTS
      sparkle NIGHTS Před 6 měsíci

      @Flashstar 123 nice

    • Marco Schmidt
      Marco Schmidt Před 11 měsíci +1

      @Reiny Amrita Actually they declared war upon each other at the same day.

    • dogodog
      dogodog Před rokem +2

      “Britain was friends with Belgium who was being trespassed by Germany in order to get to France to kick France’s ass, because France was friends with Russia, who was getting ready to kick Austria’s ass, because Austria was getting ready to kick Serbia’s ass because someone fro Serbia shot the leader of Austria’s ass(actually in head)” Bill Wurtz

    • Adri
      Adri Před 2 lety

      So wars happened.

    • TheLetterL ᨆ
      TheLetterL ᨆ Před 2 lety

      you got this from that one countryballs video, i loved that one

  • Takumi Fujiwara
    Takumi Fujiwara Před 8 měsíci

    A classic. I remember when this came out it was amazing. But he has evolved so much

  • O yeah yeah
    O yeah yeah Před 7 měsíci

    1:26 Assassination was carried out by organization "Young Bosnia" which aimed to create a Union of Southern Slav countries, and for its members had citizens of Serb, Croatian and Bosnian nationality. Saying that Serbia was guilty would correspondingly mean that also both Bosnia and Croatia was guilty as well. By logical thinking, one could see why such organization would have less to do with Serbian politics and more to do with revolt of occupied nations under Austrian banner. If you plan to create a video on such topic more research would be highly appreciated. Thank you.

  • Iwaizumi's Cutie
    Iwaizumi's Cutie Před 8 měsíci +1

    OverSimplified videos are getting better and better

  • theduck1
    theduck1 Před 3 měsíci +1

    i strongly recommend you a book by Ken Follet, tittled 'Fall of Giants', it shows a wide view of the world in the time of ww1 perfectly.

  • InfernoNash
    InfernoNash Před rokem +1541

    I learned more about history from Oversimplified than 4 years of Social Studies

  • DontizzleJones
    DontizzleJones Před 8 měsíci

    I like coming back here to see how much progress has been made on the channel's video production

  • *Legendary Pro*
    *Legendary Pro* Před 2 měsíci +3

    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:
    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."
    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.

  • M D
    M D Před 14 hodinami

    Did the sound get re-recorded? Sounds faded at the start of the war

  • SpetZemas
    SpetZemas Před 5 měsíci

    Oversimplified’s first video and yet it’s still quality content!

  • Esteban C.
    Esteban C. Před rokem +6809

    Germany is that one guy in online PvP/Battle Royale games that has to carry the entire team and loses as a result.

    • USA1776
      USA1776 Před 9 měsíci

      Lol facts, also didn’t help that I joined the war :/

    • addy red
      addy red Před 10 měsíci

      @Phase0 go read up the nazis themselves before spewing that .... Goering, Hitler and goebbbels were extremely impressed with Japan. Goering called them as good as the Germans goebbels told the propaganda department not to talk too much about how Japan was great because that would upset the Italians and Hitler started worried about the yellow peril after watching Japan's prowess. Japan ran through the pacific cut through all the allies and took over the colonies except India until us changed the game and it held it's own long after Germany capitulated. Japan wasn't there to hold hands of Germany they had their theater and they did their job.

    • SandiGaming
      SandiGaming Před 10 měsíci

      @Tyrone Bot u say competent like its a video game😭

    • Alex M.A.D
      Alex M.A.D Před 10 měsíci

      @Unknown I guess, I saw some people saying if Turkey acknowledges Armenian genocide they would have to ost huge sums of money and in worst case scenario some land from Anatolia. But I'm not an expert on geopolitical stuff.

    • Unknown
      Unknown Před 10 měsíci

      @Alex M.A.D maybe because they want to Distance themselves

  • Pravina Fi
    Pravina Fi Před 2 měsíci +1

    This is crazy that it’s so Awesome & I’m just finding this channel 5 years later. Just wow!
    Thanks man, just thanks ⚡️
    Bitcoin brought me here. Trying to learn how the world works & it brings me back to history. Empires that fell, currency collapse, When money dies, what happened in 1971, Tyranny etc etc
    Down the rabbit hole 🕳 I go

  • 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐑𝐞𝐝𝐑𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧

    Weird, where is Poland? Oh..right. I have so much respect for Poland and Polish people, the amount of war they went through is unreal. Poles are likely the most battle hardened people in our time, I don't think anyone would disagree with that based on it's history.

  • mirana nightshade
    mirana nightshade Před 2 měsíci

    do you guys notice? i havent seen one comment saying anything said in the video are incorrect or bias. Thank you for this top tier knowledge video you have made for us. May you live to a hundred years old and upload more videos for us every year. =p THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  • Johnsilverwolf
    Johnsilverwolf Před 2 dny

    this vid needs a remaster the audio is just too bad

  • loa
    loa Před 3 lety +3635

    Ww1:the war to end all wars.
    Hitler:well yes but, actully no.

    • CactusChips
      CactusChips Před měsícem

      Well, ja but actually nein.

    • Some Dude
      Some Dude Před 3 lety

      The name "The war to end all wars"comes from the fact that WWI was the last war where the europeans fought the ol' fashioned way.

    • Dichtsau
      Dichtsau Před 3 lety

      sorry, i have to post this under all top comments:
      there is no food named "pfefferpotthast" in germany; not even anything close to it. just wtf do you think of us. if u would google the top foods eaten in germany, u would see lasagne #1, spaghetti bolognese #2, pizza #3.

    • runo tree
      runo tree Před 3 lety

      kim jun ung: yes but no

    • Ben Osborne-Ellis
      Ben Osborne-Ellis Před 3 lety +1

      Ww1: the war to end all wars.
      Hitler: hold my beer

  • mudkip150
    mudkip150 Před 8 měsíci

    The way he explains trench warfare makes it seem like a game that you play with your family

  • Thomas Cheuvront
    Thomas Cheuvront Před 11 dny

    Love your channel. Can you redo the World Wars again more in depth? There is a total of 15 min of WWI when your newer videos are 2-4 times long.

  • Soe Lemon
    Soe Lemon Před měsícem

    hated history all my life and the way we study it as a subject at school. But gotta say that the way you explain it... it is just too interesting... i've never thought of watching history related videos but here i am, watching all of your videos

  • banana leaf
    banana leaf Před 8 měsíci +10

    World War I was basically the biggest family feud episode in history. George V, Wilhelm and Tsar Nicholas we’re all first cousins. Crazy just how powerful some families truly are.

    • puiterken
      puiterken Před 4 měsíci +1

      and prideful/ruthless

  • Kimchi
    Kimchi Před 2 lety +3127

    This man taught me more in 6 minutes than all my life in school. Thanks, American school system.

    • Kiwo
      Kiwo Před rokem +1

      My history teacher played this, so where do we go from here?

    • erin tyrrell
      erin tyrrell Před rokem +1


    • Obi-Wan Kenobi
      Obi-Wan Kenobi Před rokem

      He didn’t though did he

    • B B
      B B Před rokem

      We did see it in our french school system but if I weren't to college I couldn't have picked the little mistakes he did all along and they are the ones we also learnt in middle school and high school. But I think it's quite normal kids in USA don't saw as much, they're less concerned.

    • ArtisticallyStupid
      ArtisticallyStupid Před rokem

      And this man made it enjoyable

  • I Am Pototo
    I Am Pototo Před měsícem

    4:06 was my dads favorite part of this video and probably your channel, the first time he watched it he laughed a lot and told me to replay it. This video brings back memories

    • Azka_
      Azka_ Před měsícem


  • Oakstar
    Oakstar Před 6 měsíci

    I love the way the assassin missed and when the driver took a wrong turn, he had a moustache.

  • vesse
    vesse Před 5 měsíci +1

    Imagine how embarrassed the driver of Ferdinand felt after taking a wrong turn.

  • Jack Sons
    Jack Sons Před 7 měsíci +3

    just watched the world war 2 video and thought, well the quality of this one is worse, but considering this is your first video, it is great !

  • Saaafier
    Saaafier Před 3 lety +2376

    Cause of WW1: A wrong turn
    Cause of WW2: an art school rejected some Austrian
    Cause of WW3:Someone sneezed on someone else
    Edit: I am NOT a time traveller!

    • ItsMarkosPlays YT
      ItsMarkosPlays YT Před 8 měsíci

      or a guy mad russian that wants ukraine back

    • Henry Stickmin
      Henry Stickmin Před 8 měsíci

      Cause Of WW1:Austria And Germany Angy
      Cause Of WW2:Silly Mustache Man Angy And Italy Also Angy
      Cause Of WW3:Puddi- I Mean Putin Wants More
      Cause Of WW4:UK Makes Russia Angy

    • A dude who is weird
      A dude who is weird Před 11 měsíci

      Oh noooooooooooooooo!

    • A dude who is weird
      A dude who is weird Před 11 měsíci


    • LBSC Thomas
      LBSC Thomas Před 11 měsíci

      Thanks for the warning

  • marchevka22
    marchevka22 Před 2 měsíci

    To my understanding, of the 15 demands Austria-Hungary made on Serbia, the Serbs agreed to 14. The Serbs asked the 15th go to an international arbiter. Upon hearing this even the Kaiser allegedly stated their would be no war.

  • Caleb's crazy amazing life

    The fact that this was his first video and it’s great says something

  • areloTET
    areloTET Před 9 měsíci

    Fun fact: the serial number of the car where FF was assassinated was AIII 118, foreshadowing the armistince. The reason why it’s a foreshadowing is because the I could be read as a 1. Therefore you could read it as A111 118, also being read as A111118 (Armistince November 11th, 1918)

  • You, Citizen don’t pickup that can.

    I’m making the Russian history for my class because I wanted to and due to ww1 being in my Russian history I remember that I learned ww1 on your channel so I remember how it started and ended
    Thanks for making this history video

    • Unwarym
      Unwarym Před 3 měsíci

      russia in WWI isn’t really talked about in this video

  • Bluestar 1215
    Bluestar 1215 Před 2 lety +238

    Honestly it’s so much fun to see how far OverSimplified has come in animation, sound quality, editing, and scripting. It’s nice to see such progress in such a short amount of time for a CHclip channel.

    • Vuffh Ghunmmhg
      Vuffh Ghunmmhg Před 2 lety

      Lime Green true

    • SomeEpicMotherfucker
      SomeEpicMotherfucker Před 2 lety

      and also studying

    • Ahyan
      Ahyan Před 2 lety +2

      Bluestar 1215 yeah dude

    • YoungToonfish
      YoungToonfish Před 2 lety +5

      I kinda would like to see what the first videos would look like being remade with the improved quality in these aspects

  • Luke Bailey
    Luke Bailey Před 5 měsíci +1

    Imagine being that driver you’re just driving and then you suddenly take a wrong turn which changes the entire course of history

  • P.István
    P.István Před 7 měsíci +1

    As a Hungarian i can say it out loud that the first world war was basically Germany fighting everyone.

  • Fewdozenz
    Fewdozenz Před 9 měsíci

    You can dislike other content creator throwing in an ad in the middle of their videos, but this dude...this dude is so cool 😎.

  • Vujkisha v2
    Vujkisha v2 Před 6 měsíci

    Everything you said is great explained, but there is one problem. Austria-Hungary wanted to attack Serbia, but they feared if they do that, everyone would hate them. So, when the Sarajevo Assassination happened, they had a PERFECT excuse to attack Serbia.

  • TJ Animates
    TJ Animates Před 3 lety +1529

    Me: Is four a lot?
    Oversimplified: Depends on the context.
    Oversimplified : dollars? No.
    Oversimplified: meters gained in world war 1? Yes.

    • Abdullah Ramay
      Abdullah Ramay Před 11 měsíci


    • GigaChad
      GigaChad Před rokem

      Brilliant comment

    • Mansur Ali
      Mansur Ali Před rokem

      dollars in usa? no. us dollars in south asia, latinoamerica, africa, russia, some of the middle east countries and Turkey? yes, yes it is

    • A cat that looks like hitler
      A cat that looks like hitler Před 2 lety

      Lime Green I don’t think anyone asked

    • Slapz R6
      Slapz R6 Před 3 lety

      1000nt liker!

  • Susan J
    Susan J Před 2 měsíci

    I gained SOME knowledge from this, but mostly it made me laugh... Good job, folks !

  • Rogue_witch
    Rogue_witch Před 7 měsíci +8

    My history teacher showed us this video and we all died laughing, great work 😂

    • Pablo Ruiz
      Pablo Ruiz Před 2 měsíci

      i saw a american movie the movie is in english where it tells of german soldiers during world war 1 they were fighting in trenches in occupied france they were off duty swimming when they saw girls they went up to the girls and spoke to them in french. the german soldier saves a foreign soldier fighting in the trenches i do not know what country he was from at the end of the movie the german soldier telling the story gets shot and dies i do not know what movie was that i forgot the name of the movie

    • anti Satan
      anti Satan Před 6 měsíci

      In my class thay showed a oversimplified video people called. Boring

  • PumpestationVest
    PumpestationVest Před 2 dny

    Why does the Marseillaise play when it's about the United States?

  • WollfPack41
    WollfPack41 Před 2 měsíci

    Fun fact, Germany’s original War Plan in the event of WW1 was to Avoid Belgium, but Motlke changed the plan a few years prior to War breaking out.

  • Maz
    Maz Před 5 lety +999

    WAY more engaging and easier to follow than ANY history class. Major props. Subscribed.

      SOME LIT KID Před 5 lety


    • Varró Olivér
      Varró Olivér Před 5 lety

      I have an awesome teacher ,who explained everything,but with more detail.But we only learned theese things (everything that's in part 1,no more,no less)So i want to watch part 2 so I can show my teacher how awesome I am xd.But this guy explains it realy good too.

    • they walking up to you and
      they walking up to you and Před 5 lety +2

      Scarface 927 well that's because it's oversimplified. For idiots to understand.

    • fried water
      fried water Před 5 lety

      Hello Popcorn (doesn’t uppercase W)

    • John Liu
      John Liu Před 5 lety +2

      IKR at first I didn't know much about WWI but after this video, I feel like a genius. Yipuwang, yeah that sucks that he only posts every five months though :(. Still waiting for WWII

  • Redaxe
    Redaxe Před 2 měsíci

    I love how you mentioned montenegro joining in the war aswell and zoomed in on them and said it as if it really mattered xd at 1:47

  • Tony Mendes
    Tony Mendes Před měsícem +2

    Hey, what about a remake of WW1 videos? The level of detail that you have now is way ahead of what you used to have 6 years ago!

  • DraBattle - Lịch sử chiến tranh

    Amazing video. Videos of channel helps linking so many little historical anecdotes together and interesting✨😎‼

  • Colin Rhodes
    Colin Rhodes Před 8 měsíci +1

    This is his first video 😳I’m shocked for how good he is

  • Nergato YT
    Nergato YT Před 3 lety +18458

    WWI: caused by shooting an austrian guy
    WWII: caused by not shooting an austrian guy

    • Ronan Gordon
      Ronan Gordon Před měsícem

      WWII: ended by an Austrian guy in charge of Germany shooting himself

    • Kuba Symon
      Kuba Symon Před měsícem

      @_RK5 stfu lmao what

    • Jared Joseph Songheng
      Jared Joseph Songheng Před 2 měsíci

      Mistakes make you stronger
      Tandey (British Guy who didn't shoot Hitler in 1918) = *GOD*

    • Jared Joseph Songheng
      Jared Joseph Songheng Před 2 měsíci

      Guy who didn't shoot Hitler: *FUCK*

    • Yellow Wasp Rakija
      Yellow Wasp Rakija Před 8 měsíci

      Caused by Austria annexing Serbian land