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WWI was the Great War until the end of World War II

WWII was called the War for Survival, the War of World Freedom, and the Anti-Nazi War

Matthew Alice: When did we start calling World War I "World War I”? Not during World War I, I assume. —A. Brooking, just passing through

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Well, maybe Nostradamus had a clue, but the rest of us were obviously in the dark. European villagers maybe called it "all that danged shooting out in the front yard.” Your point of view makes a difference.

WWI was “the Great War” until the end of World War II. Oddly enough, we called WWII "World War II” or “the Second World War” before we officially acknowledged the prerequisite WWI. II was also called the War for Survival, the War of World Freedom, and the Anti-Nazi War. In 1945 someone finally demanded an end to the name game. Secretary of War Henry Stinson and President Harry Truman officially dubbed the conflicts World War I and World War II, respective and that was that. Debate over.

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Matthew Alice: When did we start calling World War I "World War I”? Not during World War I, I assume. —A. Brooking, just passing through

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Well, maybe Nostradamus had a clue, but the rest of us were obviously in the dark. European villagers maybe called it "all that danged shooting out in the front yard.” Your point of view makes a difference.

WWI was “the Great War” until the end of World War II. Oddly enough, we called WWII "World War II” or “the Second World War” before we officially acknowledged the prerequisite WWI. II was also called the War for Survival, the War of World Freedom, and the Anti-Nazi War. In 1945 someone finally demanded an end to the name game. Secretary of War Henry Stinson and President Harry Truman officially dubbed the conflicts World War I and World War II, respective and that was that. Debate over.

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