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When Did the World Wars start?

World War is a war affecting the majority of the world's most powerful and populous nations. World wars span multiple countries on multiple continents, with battles fought in multiple theaters.

The term has usually been applied to two conflicts of unprecedented scale that occurred during the 20th century, World War I (1914–1918), World War II (1939–1945) and one that may in the future World War III, which generally ranges from from limited war with nuclear weapons, to destruction of the planet.

The two World Wars of the 20th century took place on almost every populated continent on Earth. Many of the nations who fought in the First World War also fought in the Second, although not always on the same sides. These wars caused unprecedented casualties and destruction across the theatres of conflict. The numbers killed in the wars are estimated at between 60 and 100 million people. Civilians suffered as badly as or worse than soldiers, and the distinction between combatants and civilians was often erased. Both world wars saw large scale murders. The Ottomans were responsible for the death of over one million Armenians. The Nazis were responsible for genocides during the Second World War, most notably the Holocaust. Both the Soviet Union and United States deported and interned minority groups within their own borders, and largely due to this conflict later many ethnic Germans were expelled in much of Eastern Europe. Advances in technology were responsible for a large amount of casualties. The First World War saw the first use of Chemical weapons which lead to the slow painful deaths of thousands of soldiers. The Second World War was also the first conflict in which nuclear weapons were used, devastating the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Why Collect World War Relics

Collecting World War relics allows the collector to come into physical contact with history and with those who participated in it. It is an interesting experience to read on a certain aspect of World War history and then be able to hold or own an item that was actually there. Information is contained in war relics. Owning an item is part of the learning experience - it helps bring history alive.

But why collect artefacts from the World War? Understanding the World War and the events that took place around it helps us understand why many things are as they are today. For many, there is an immediate or personal family connection to the war - collecting can preserve the memory of their family's contributions, it can also help them connect and reconcile events that were directly or indirectly significant in their personal histories.

For others, collecting World War Relics is a way of connecting personal interest and business. As with all types of antiques, there is no certainty that a World War Relic will appreciate in value - what's desirable today may be out of favour tomorrow when a collector decides to sell, and speculating and knowing the form is part of the fun. However based on today's market demands, and the very limited supply of original relics, World War Relics are becoming great antiques to invest in.

Whatever the motivations, collecting World War relics is a great way to spend your time and a great way to remember the sacrifices of all those who were involved. Whether it is World War helmets, uniforms, medals, weapons or photos, you can usually find it on the open market. So get started, browse the categories and see what World War relics you can hunt down.

 
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