Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What's In a Name: WWI, WWII-- Part 3: What Do You Call It?

In 1942, FDR was not happy with the name Second World War and asked the public for new names.  The War department received 15,000 submissions ranging from "The War for Civilization" to "The War Against Enslavement."  FDR wanted "The Survival War."

None of these names stayed.  "World War II" and "Second World War" finally were the acceptable names.  As for the first one, it became "World War I" and the "First World War."

Usually, the British calls them the First World War and Second World War.  The United States goes with World War I and World War II.


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