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#1 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (686 posts) -

So im a big war buff. i honestly couldnt tell you what it is i find so interesting but i do. by far i think the most interesting war was the Cold War. yes, i know it's not technically a war in th same way WW2 or The Civil War was. but i think it's more incredible than anything else. i just love all the spies,vietnam and end of the world stuff involved with it. my second choice would have to be the American Revolution. not only was it a important part of my country's history, i think it ushered in a change in the entire world.

but thats just my two cents,what are yours?

#2 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1631 posts) -

I think it's gotta be WW2. So much amazing strategy and deception, I mean operation mincemeat alone was fucking nuts, not to mention that was thought up by none other than Ian Fleming. Also, the fact that they set up fake tanks, and set up empty tents to confuse spy planes is just, well kinda awe-inspiring.

#3 Edited by EpicSteve (6470 posts) -

WWII is rich with heroic stories of soldiers and civilians and is probably the best example of the world coming together for a single cause. It defined what a "traditional" war is and the lessons we learned on urban, mounted, mountain, desert, jungle, and dismounted combat still apply today. And we used inflatable tanks to deceive Hitler on our plans to invade France. I mean, that's fucking cool.

#4 Posted by CrossTheAtlantic (1145 posts) -

@EpicSteve: I'd say WWII is also easily romanticized and discussed because it was both a war where so much seemed at stake and the delineation between good and evil so clearly defined.

Which isn't to say shady shit didn't happen.

#5 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (686 posts) -

@EpicSteve: i fully agree that WW2 is the "gold" standard of war. never in the history of mankind has there been a war as huge and epic and terrifying as WW2.

i just personally prefer the cold war. i mean sure,WW2 was great and all,but the human race allmost ended several times during the cold war.or how about the Civil War? that was a major turning point in the history of the world.sure, it was all confined to the states but if things had turned out diffrently,theres not doubt in my mind that we would live in a drasticlly diffrent world.

#6 Posted by EpicSteve (6470 posts) -

@CrossTheAtlantic said:

@EpicSteve: I'd say WWII is also easily romanticized and discussed because it was both a war where so much seemed at stake and the delineation between good and evil so clearly defined.

Which isn't to say shady shit didn't happen.

Well of course. Shady shit happens on both sides of every war, ever.

#7 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (686 posts) -

@CrossTheAtlantic: exactly.it's so easy to look at WW2 and think it was the ultimate battle between good and evil but there was alot of grey involved. america putting the japs in camps and the fact that the russian were allmost as bad as the Nazi's.

#8 Posted by Mushir (2389 posts) -

WWII and The Cold War are wars that I don't think and hope will ever be matched.

#9 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1631 posts) -

@DoctorDanger99: I will say I did my final paper in American History on the Cold War, specifically, the nuclear proliferation aspect. It was a fascinating time period that really shaped society on a global scale. I the US democratic side still had their hints of the White man's burden lingering around, so they felt compelled to aid the incompetent, evil communists and elevate them to our level of being.

#10 Posted by aznjon12 (188 posts) -

American Civil War is pretty cool with all that fight for independence and then some American on American war going down.

#11 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

The first World War 

#12 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (686 posts) -

@Mushir: whats that Albert Einstein quote? " i dont know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought with.i only know that World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones."

#13 Edited by PenguinDust (12438 posts) -

I'm a big fan of anything related to the American Revolution. I just love the set up, the self-motivation of allied partners and how a bunch of losers found victory at a decisive hour thanks to some luck and the help of a few "cheese-eating surrender monkeys".

Another one that I find fascinating is the Napoleonic Wars. He was defeated and sent into exile, but escaped and came back for "round two"! How crazy is that?

There's The Hundred Years War between 1337 and 1453. It was mostly just an endless exchange of hostilities between England and France but it went on for so long that it deserves note. The reign of the armored knight on the battlefield came to an end during this period as the weapons of war evolved beyond their usefulness. If you like Shakespeare's Henry V (or the movie by Kenneth Branagh), that takes place during this time.

Finally, there's the Sengoku Period or the Warring States Period in Japan where various factions fought to become the next Shogun. It lasted on and off from the mid 14th Century until the start of the 17th Century. This is the time where Japanese samurai were at their best. Oda Nobunaga tried to unify the nation but was murdered by one of his own generals.

#14 Posted by Animasta (14635 posts) -

100 years war as someone who plays a lot of crusader kings 2

#15 Posted by Breadfan (6589 posts) -

The Star Wars.

#16 Posted by Brodehouse (9521 posts) -

WW2 is heroic and epic if you're talking about the European Front. If you're talking about the Pacific Front it's as grim as WW1.

I like old Roman wars. The reach of Rome despite the technology of the time was something to behold. I also like how their presence changed the Celts and Germanic tribes, the narrative of the rise and the fall.

Actually, no, I like Frankish wars more. Because the low middle ages and the migration are poorly understood and interesting as a transitional period for Europe.

#17 Posted by President_Barackbar (3416 posts) -

I'm really into the Cold War, and specifically I think Vietnam was pretty fascinating. The mishandling of military power, underestimation of a dedicated liberation movement, the domestic anti-war movement, it really has everything.

#18 Posted by Hunter5024 (5508 posts) -

I also think the hundred years war. You get more war for your dollar.

#19 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (686 posts) -

@President_Barackbar: totally. if you think of it as a packaged deal,Cold War has it beat. vietnam,spies,assassinations,russia,cuba,che, berlin wall,nuclear war,the destruction of all human life, how it all effected the culture of the 60's. it was amazing.

#20 Edited by Fattony12000 (6960 posts) -

The World War and it's highly anticipated sequel The World War Two were superbly directed and produced, I can't wait for the final thrilling chapter in the trilogy.

The Greco-Persian Wars (499-448 BC) were really interesting, the Battle of Marathon was pretty dope.

#21 Edited by Stete (722 posts) -

Allow me to answer this question with a book recommendation. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides. The vast majority of greek historical texts that came before and after this are more concerned in being porn novellas for national socialists than documenting history, so it's quite impressive that this 2500 year old book gives an objective and unbiased first account view of a war.

#22 Posted by MikkaQ (10263 posts) -

For me it's WWI, II and the Cold War simply because how interesting I find it that a lot of the technology we take for granted today came out of the various R&D departments of the world during those wars.

#23 Posted by Getz (2986 posts) -

I was gonna be a smart ass and post a picture of War from Darksiders, but then I remembered that War is probably the least interesting part of that game.

So, I'm gonna go with The Apocalypse War.

#24 Posted by j0lter (225 posts) -

I found the Korean War to be quite fascinating simply because of the tactics used. General Macarthur lead that war pretty well up until he turned all expansionist. Then China got mad. If only CHINA DON'T CARE was true back then...

#25 Posted by Nightriff (4866 posts) -

Most interesting wars too me are the ancient battles from history. I just really really enjoy the stuff and basically since the invention of firearms I just dont find actual war history interesting.
And whoever posted the Iron Maiden song I fuckin love you, my favorite album ever

#26 Posted by AmatureIdiot (1062 posts) -

The Spainish Civil War. Regardless of the politics, I find the sheer idealism shown by the republican side to be really insipring. Also from a military point of view its a really interesting prelude to WW2, with many tactics and battles of the civil war mirroring WW2.

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#27 Posted by NTM (7234 posts) -

Why don't you capitalize?

#28 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3048 posts) -

World Wars I and II are both pretty interesting and have had huge impacts on modern civilizations across the world.

#29 Posted by Sweep (8790 posts) -

ALL WARS ARE AMAZING BECAUSE VIDEOGAMES!!!!!!

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#30 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5797 posts) -
The Yugoslav Wars are some of the most interesting in recent history.
 

@AmatureIdiot said:
The Spainish Civil War. Regardless of the politics, I find the sheer idealism shown by the republican side to be really insipring. Also from a military point of view its a really interesting prelude to WW2, with many tactics and battles of the civil war mirroring WW2.
Yeah, the Spanish Civil War and the events surrounding it are fascinating. Not that I'm an expert on it or anything, but what I do know about it is interesting. 
#31 Posted by Liquidus (946 posts) -

@President_Barackbar said:

I'm really into the Cold War, and specifically I think Vietnam was pretty fascinating. The mishandling of military power, underestimation of a dedicated liberation movement, the domestic anti-war movement, it really has everything.

I agree. I find the Vietnam War very fascinating from multiple perspectives. WWII is always awe-inspiring of course, with the utter scale of that conflict and the death toll. Unless shit goes real bad, that will probably remain humanity's bloodiest days for a long while.

#32 Posted by Turambar (6640 posts) -

World War I is pretty interesting because of some of the tangential stuff related to it.  For example, while everyone knows that Britain and France drew up lines to carve up the Middle East for the sake of oil, did you know that Germany had France's spot, and one day before the deal between the two countries were finalized, Ferdinand was assassinated?

#33 Posted by Turambar (6640 posts) -
@j0lter said:

I found the Korean War to be quite fascinating simply because of the tactics used. General Macarthur lead that war pretty well up until he turned all expansionist. Then China got mad. If only CHINA DON'T CARE was true back then...

I think the Human Wave is the defining army tactics version of "Don't Care".
#34 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

American Civil War

#35 Edited by Blackout62 (1325 posts) -

I have a soft spot for the crusades. Once you look at it from the perspective of the Arabs it changes from a Christian slaughter of infidels to the best Song of Ice and Fire book ever!

So much backstabbing!

#36 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -

I love the scale of The Cold War. The concept of cold warfare, from a political point of view is already pretty cool, and in that scale, all the political actions, all the spies, the propaganda, these two countries, showing their power, making the world afraid of the end... It was something pretty amazing.
I also enjoy World War I, to the point where i like to call it The Great War. The tactics, adapting to a new technology and the political background make for some great stories. I don't like World War II very much, but what i do enjoy is seeing Brazil's actions in World War II it was something pretty grey, it's a cool subject to study.

#37 Posted by j0lter (225 posts) -

@Turambar: Touche....

#38 Posted by Captain_Felafel (1552 posts) -

World War II. I mean, just think about this for a moment. Not only did we have a WORLD-WIDE WAR. But they made a sequel! They sequelized a war! WWII wins, hands down.

#39 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

Korean War

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#41 Edited by mlarrabee (2873 posts) -
#42 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

i would say vietnam war and the current war- afghanistan and iraq. we have technology of planes that are being flown miles away.

also the war on drugs.

#43 Posted by Dalai (6980 posts) -

It's either the Cola Wars or Cupcake Wars.

#44 Posted by Dagbiker (6939 posts) -
#45 Edited by MatthewTheBeast (155 posts) -

My answer is of course the Napoleonic Wars: due to dem uniforms.

The Neapolitan horse guard drummer being the epitome of both style and novelty of the uniforms during the war:

#46 Posted by Sploder (917 posts) -

Playstation vs xbox

#47 Posted by SomeJerk (3130 posts) -

80's to early 90's Scandinavia was ravaged by a war of many participating factions, all put against one common enemy = The kids who only had an Atari computer for games and fun. It was a rather interesting war, but the one that for family-reasons has me interested in it that I'd like to learn even more of is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_War

#48 Posted by SSully (4117 posts) -

@DoctorDanger99 said:

@CrossTheAtlantic: exactly.it's so easy to look at WW2 and think it was the ultimate battle between good and evil but there was alot of grey involved. america putting the japs in camps and the fact that the russian were allmost as bad as the Nazi's.

I love how you are talking about morality and then proceed to call the Japanese Japs, which is a derogatory term.

#49 Posted by Phatmac (5720 posts) -

The Russian Civil Revolution in the early 1900s has always fascinated me.

#50 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Well the Great Wars aren't called Great for no reason, WWI for me though. Civil wars are the ugliest though.