United States of America – War and Piece Infographic

United States of America – War and Piece Infographic

WAR AND PEACE – INFOGRAPHIC

For nearly half of its relatively brief existence, the United States has been actively involved in armed conflict, whether at home or abroad. Here is a closer look at wars involving the U.S. military.

War and Peace Infographic

When we’ve fought and who we’ve fought

Timeline of U.S. history with length and time period of wars plotted, so people can see clearly what decades have actually been peaceful.

War / Length / Years / Fought Against:
American Revolution / 8 / 1775-1783 / Great Britain
First Barbary War / 4 / 1801-1805 / Tripoli, Algiers, Morocco
War of 1812 / 3 / 1812-1815 / Great Britain/Canada
Second Barbary War / .5 / 1815 / Tripoli, Tunis, Algeria
War with Mexico / 2 / 1846-48 / Mexico
American Civil War / 4 / 1861-1865 / Union vs. Confederacy
Indian Wars / 26 / 1865-1891 / Cavalry forces fought Native American tribes in several skirmishes, the final major one coming in 1891
Spanish-American War / 1 / 1898 / Spain
Philippine-American War / 3 / 1899-1902 / Filipino revolutionaries
Border War / 9 / 1910-1919 / U.S. forces engaged rebels during Mexican Revolution
World War I / 1 / 1917-1918 / Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Ottoman Empire
World War II / 4 / 1941-1945 / Japan, Germany, Italy
Korean War / 3 / 1950-1953 / North Korea, China, Soviet Union
Vietnam War / 10 / 1964-1975 / Communist forces, including Viet Cong and North Vietnam
Persian Gulf War / 1 / 1990-1991 / Iraq
Afghanistan / 11 / 2001-present / Taliban, Al-Qaida
Iraq War / 8 / 2003-2011 / Iraq, insurgent groups

Afghanistan Really Our Longest War?

The longest continuous war in U.S. history, depending on whom you ask, is the current war in Afghanistan. However, it can be argued that the Vietnam War was far longer. Why the confusion? The U.S. never officially declared war on North Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia, and heavy U.S. fighting didn’t start until the ’60s.

– Afghanistan
– October 7, 2001-present – 11+ years
– Vietnam, if it started with troop training in 1955
– Nov. 1, 1955-April 30, 1975 – 19 years
– Vietnam, if it started with the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964
– Aug. 4, 1964-April 30, 1975 – 10+ years

Paying for It: Our Most Expensive Wars

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are the most expensive in U.S. history. Here is a look at what major U.S. wars have cost, in 2011 dollars:

– Revolutionary War – $2.4 billion
– War of 1812 – $1.6 billion
– Mexican War – $2.4 billion
– Civil War – $79.7 billion
– Spanish-American War – $9 billion
– World War I – $334 billion
– World War II – $4.1 trillion
– Korea – $341 billion
– Vietnam – $738 billion
– Persian Gulf – $102 billion
– Iraq – $810 billion
– Afghanistan – $600 billion
– Total post-9/11 – $1.4 trillion

Paying the ultimate price: Our deadliest wars

Not including armed interventions, such as action in Libya, here are the deadliest military actions in U.S. history:

– Civil War = 750000
– World War II = 405399
– World War I = 116516
– Vietnam = 58220
– Korea = 36574
– Mexican War = 13283
– Iraq = 4486
– Revolutionary War = 4435
– Spanish-American War = 2446
– War of 1812 = 2260
– Afghanistan = 2174
– Persian Gulf War = 383

SOURCES:
– Federation of American Scientists
– Congressional Research Service
– iCasualties.org
– costofwar.com

Best Liberal Arts Colleges


October 18, 2017 / by / in

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *