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World War Two: Simple Version by AngusBurgers World War Two: Simple Version by AngusBurgers
DISCLAIMER (August 2016)

As this comic is almost 8 years old, and I have grown and learned since 17 year-old me uploaded this comic, I have debated taking it down due to it no longer being how I would approach such a topic. It contains not only slurs and blatant mistakes, but also portrays it in a very American-European view. My intent at the time was to make a funny, quick comic with a very basic grasp of the whole conflict (at times, looking it up online to fill in the blanks, often with mistakes due to rushing). I was aware of the holocaust back then, but didn't know how to include it in, so I opted to not even mention it, which is wrong now, and was wrong back then. Not mentioning a whole genocide is, in my opinion, as bad as saying it didn't happen. I have chosen to keep this comic up, because ignoring and deleting it would be equal to pretending it never happened. 


This is World War Two explained in ANTHRO.


This is how I explain the major conflict of the last century.

P.S. the file is hueg
and if there are parts you can't read, I'll make a text available for download



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Daily Deviation

Given 2009-03-02
"Everything I know about World War II, I learnt in 5 minutes from World War Two: Simple Version by ~AngusMcLeod Who better to explain epic global warfare than a group of anthropomorphic land masses? ~AngusMcLeod compensates the limited body movement of countries with over-the-top facial expression and clearly defined personalities. My favorite is Britain, that mustache is priceless! Not just slapstick, World War Two: Simple Version is genuinely educational, noting many of the defining moments in the war and keeping a brisk pace throughout." ( Suggested by Iscariot-Priest and Featured by Majnouna )
Smashfanful Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017  Student General Artist
Dude, you need to do the history of the Roman Republic and Empire. That would be cool XD
YoshinoYama Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I love this comic! Even if it contains small mistakes (like you said in your description), I think you should not feel guilty about leaving out the holocaust. It was without ANY doubt horrifying, but it kind of didn't belong to the war. It wasn't known to the ally forces in its extend until they arrived in the camps. So it wasn't anything that influenced the war at all. Also, it has been done far before the war, the first one opened 1933. As horrible as it was, it was simply something the German government did at the time and the war merely happened parallel to that.
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
Gorgeous work.
Jussimania Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016
Yes, this is an excellent comic!
Vertecks Featured By Owner Edited Apr 30, 2016  Student General Artist
This is one of my favorite historic comics!
And that's saying a lot.
Thumbs Up 
cbkl3082 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 17, 2016
Who are those two countries between Canada and Germany in panel 7 when they're getting ready for war? AngusMcLeod
djpiggy557 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016
The one to the left is British South Africa, the one to the right is hard to tell. It could be British Oman, or British Yemen. Other than that, I wouldn't know. We'll just have to wait for a response from AngusMcLeod.
cbkl3082 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016
Thank you so much!
KayRexx Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
i love it xDD i think im gonna study with this c:
AngusBurgers Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
I recommend actual study material to go along with it, as this one is summed up and has many things cut off for the sake of flow.
KayRexx Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
i know, is just a little help 
OddGarfield Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Student
That nuclear baseball though.
vader211 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I prefer it to the nuclear football.
OddGarfield Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Student
That does seem more appropriate.
Unb3kann1 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
You can achive much more with a friendly word and a planecarrier in front of the opponents coast, than JUST a friendly word.
belive me.
DragonWarrior500 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wow. Just... wow. :stare: :stare: :stare: :omfg: :omfg: :omfg: :O_o: :O_o: :O_o:
BluePurpleBadger Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I want to address a couple of things about the neutrals.
1. Ireland let the British use their airspace.
2. Turkey joined the war at the very end.
vader211 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Also Spain sent the army to help Hitler
SilentViperFanPL Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
But the rest of your comic is super cool! Great job. Imagine, how much time took only drawing these USSR frontiers! :)
SilentViperFanPL Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Here is one little, but important mistake. You missed The Ribbentrop- Molotov Pact!
So, in fact USSR invaded Poland 17th September while we, Poles defended our western territories. And Stalin received part of our eastern territories. What's more, England and France knew about that secret protocol, and they even didn't inform Poland. Also, from the beginning to end they didn't intend to send military support during invasion on Poland. They even weren't prepared for a war.

Dear Author, you should take into account these facts, and express them more visibly!
SilentViperFanPL Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
And poor Poland didn't have big shares in war!?
karedsit2 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
well..... they got half of eastern Germany....
AstheArtDictates Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep. Accurate and funny.
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
Lol that´s really funny great job here XD

Just one thing you used the modern borders for Germany Poland etc, Germany was
bigger before 1945 ;) You already took away all the eastern territories.
bitchassniqqa Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
You know what's really annoying? When people misuse the Cyrillic.
MimisSpaceShip Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
I get you, but I don't think it's really misusing when the author knows they're not using it correctly. It was used for comedy, but in a way people who don't read the Cyrillic could still understand it. I can forgive that.
I did try to read it correctly at first though, and it confused the shit out of me for a sec.
Deyanel Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally love it 8D
pokemonsonic345 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is what I thought Hetalia was going to be.
crazyartist12 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is plain funny.
idealisticpessimist Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing.
Peaches98 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Thought it was great and very accurate :thumbsup: revamp 
but the alliances weren't as clear as the first one, like the way Germany made a heap of alliances, to keep themselves safe, before they declared war could have been emphasised a little.
KingToasty39 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
i don't who you are but i will find you n i will love you:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
LinkXavier Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Both historically accurate and AMAZING!!!!!!!
Franceball Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Allies are awesome and smell good.
My favourite quote.
eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
the borders are like after world war II even if it is supposed to be before
Salkarin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As long as you keep pretending America won either of the World Wars for Europe, you will never be cool.
h3knuckles Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
If you go back and look at the comics, it pretty clearly shows a team effort, where the US tipped the scales in the allies favor but not the usual "we won the war for you" shit. Granted, he could've emphasized the Soviet Union's role a little more, but I'd say it's pretty spot-on. Even in the WWI comic it's just showing that by the time the US showed up, Germany just couldn't take it anymore, not as if the US singlehandedly won the war.

Also, don't underestimate how much impact the lend-lease program had on the war; there's an expression that goes "amateurs think about tactics, professionals think about logistics" and the US contributed a lot in terms of finances, war materials, and technology to the UK and Soviet Union's war efforts even before the US actually joined the war.
CelticMetis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Were was Canada? It was in the war long before the states.
ostrich160 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I'm not a massive fan of the way you portrayed america in this, but overall its very good
Idonian Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
I think that he's trying to portray the way that Americans acted as if they won the whole war by themselves and that once they came in to save everyone that they were heroes. It was a team effort, but some people didn't see it that way. :P
VaryagOfMiklagaard Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
To much truth to this.
yosihenka Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you draw it as hetalia characters instead of countries
FrisianDude Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Why? That would just about ruin it absolutely entirely.
yosihenka Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does it mean something like nonsense
ShizukaxxxSecret Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist
Ha. If you were smart, you would realize that comments like these will only earn you bitchy-sarcastic replies from the sweet :iconangusmcleod:
adjt111 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Apart from the borders being wrong on the axis nations (inc. Finland) and the SSSR it was still an amusing read. 
BluePurpleBadger Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
These are great! You should mae more!
AngusBurgers Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
The overall concept has gone stale, I prefer to leave it as it is.
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