Frederick III - German Emperor who could have Stopped the World Wars

  • Published on Jan 10, 2019
  • German Empire lost more than 2.5 million during the I World War. The empire was abolished and the country was set on the path to the II World War. However, there was a turning point three decades before, which could have averted this path. This is the tragic, but interesting story of Frederick III and how his death possibly changed the course of World history.
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  • Kings and Generals
    Kings and Generals  5 months ago +206

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    • Y Tes
      Y Tes Month ago

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    • Y Tes
      Y Tes Month ago

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    • Aaron Friedman
      Aaron Friedman 2 months ago

      No it was British bankers

    • vinllga
      vinllga 3 months ago +2

      Little mistake on 0:52 - you signed portrait of king Friedrich Wilhelm IV (uncle of kaiser Friedrich III and predessor of kaiser Wilhelm I) as prince Wilhelm (future kaiser WI)

    • MusikKritik
      MusikKritik 4 months ago

      What is Flankfurt?

  • Institoris
    Institoris 8 days ago

    Wilhelm II was the biggest fail in the german history because HE led to the world war(s) ... .Utter idiot

  • Bob Bulat
    Bob Bulat 21 day ago

    Back then doctors used to encourage people to smoke as a way to soothe the throat. Humanity only realised conclusively that smoking causes a variety of health problems in the 1960s and 70s through some well designed research - which in itself is a topic worth reading up on

  • Old World Disorder
    Old World Disorder 21 day ago +1

    Maybe he was assassinated by some ambitious people and made it look as if he died from the cause stated....

  • Clayton Benignus
    Clayton Benignus 28 days ago

    Fredrick III was also a bit naughty. He had a girlfriend who eventually became the grandmother of Oskar Morgenstern the Economist.

  • Rizkiidris Silangit

    Smoking cause world war

  • Ronnie Balls
    Ronnie Balls Month ago

    I don't buy the premise of this video. Just because he was liberal, it doesn't mean he could have stopped the world wars.

  • thokim84
    thokim84 Month ago

    Another episode where not smoking would have saved millions of lives.

  • B W
    B W Month ago +1

    Before you praise his wife to much you should know that she was greatly responsible for the development of the character of Wilhelm II. They always had a bad relationship because she was ashamed of him because of a crippled arm in unsuccessfully trying to fix this, she gave him therapies including electro shocks an other horrible things. It is really not the best environment to develop a nice character and reasonable positions regarding Britain if your english mom gives you more tortures then cuddles

  • eduard lapushchik
    eduard lapushchik Month ago

    You are right, he da man. Good work.

  • ToriTrak
    ToriTrak Month ago

    So World War 1 happened, Germany was called in as ALLY, honored the call and at the end everyone was like "its your fault germany" when all we did was honour an ally call. Then we get FUCKED over by the peace-treaty and the germany population was angry and poor which was the soil the nazis needed to even get a foot in the door and do their bullshit stuff.
    So the only way the survival of Frederick would have really changed something is a) no alliance with Austria-Hungary or b) There is an alliance but when they call for help he would have said no. Because who says germany wouldnt be blamed again after that scenario?

    • Jauhl1
      Jauhl1 23 days ago

      Wilhelm II had a strong chauvinistic streak and enjoyed rattling his sabre just because he could. Which solidified his image in Europe as a warmonger. This would have been in stark contrast to his father. Frederik's decency and charm likely would have made him an able mediator and I doubt he had put Germany in a position that necessitated Germany fighting the rest of Europe with just A-H. Most especially, Fredrick likely would have had close friendly relations with Britain. Even in the actual WWI it was believed they wouldn't join the war. Also unlike his son, Fredrick was an experienced and capable general, It's unlikely he would simply have deferred all decisions to his general staff as Wilhelm had to. Of course it's hard to say since he would be in his mid 80thies 1914. I doubt a war wouldn't have happened sometime, but with Frederick III I have little doubt Germany would have stood a much better chance winning it.

  • snakes3425
    snakes3425 Month ago +1

    A man who could've done great things and probably have ushered in a golden age for Germany. Instead Germany had to suffer through the rule of a Kaiser with delusions of grandeur, and then the rule of a monster who led Germany to ruin

  • Felipe Ordóñez
    Felipe Ordóñez Month ago

    Debió ser médico y dejarle la política a los militares

  • jardon Jones
    jardon Jones 2 months ago

    tsar aleksandar II and kaiser fredrik III were both liberals, one was assinated the other died too young, in both germany and russia**,
    possible ,alternate history could have been very different, from autocratic to democratic and constiutional reforms, therefore not providing revolutions,anarchy and wars...
    princess victoria of saxe coburg gotha*,of the united kingdom, was a distant relative of the prussian royal family* , postdam just outside of berlin is worth a day trip for its royal prussian history*...

  • Tapio Nissi
    Tapio Nissi 2 months ago +1

    If Alexander II of Russia and Frederick III of Germany wouldn't have died when they did, no one knows what the world would look like today. But still much likely better in many ways than it does today; especially in the Eastern block.

  • weedlepete
    weedlepete 2 months ago

    Sounds like a good soldier, bad politician, would be leader of the Labour/Democratic party, and he wouldn’t have stopped the start of the War, the French always wanted war with the Germans. There was no way to avoid it.

  • Yanuchi Uchiha: Anime, Games and Ramdomness

    My Grand-Greandfather was also a heavy smoker, he smoke for 100 years and lived a total of 115. He did not die from his Smoking habit. Smoking does not kill...

    On it's own.

  • ByLu
    ByLu 2 months ago +1

    Nice Video, but those Maps where pretty wrong.
    The north German Federation was before 1871, in this year, the whole Reich united.

    • Til Merkan
      Til Merkan 2 months ago

      Thx for the comment. I recalled the same, but wasn't sure. The Northern Federation was build, after the invasion of Napoleon, i Think, in 1805, when the Holy Roman (chaos) Empire of German Nations endet.

  • Nordic
    Nordic 2 months ago

    some parts of your map seems a bit off

  • Aaron Friedman
    Aaron Friedman 2 months ago

    I chalk it up to British bankers.....

  • FDNY101202
    FDNY101202 2 months ago +1

    Fuck you cancer!

  • cnordegren
    cnordegren 2 months ago

    Also when a country prospers women looks improve. Korean women are the best example.

  • Gun Nut
    Gun Nut 2 months ago

    I'm glad the world wars happened. Without out them we wouldn't have modern medicine, jets, rocketsships, modern cars, many safety features, and we smoking wouldn't have become frowned apon as quickly

  • Phantom Warrior
    Phantom Warrior 2 months ago

    there was even an ottoman sultan known as abdulmajid I. he allied with the western powers and managed to keep much of ottoman territory. But his sudden death led to his son succeeding him which led to the ottoman empire losing all europe and north africa territories. and the subsequent end of their long legacy as well.

  • Jupp Soetebier
    Jupp Soetebier 2 months ago +1

    Native Americans revenge... tobacco. Millions and millions dead in Europe for millions dead in the Americas. Accidental, but true.

  • stag beetle
    stag beetle 2 months ago

    In the end, one cigarette too much caused a world war

  • Leon Rambach
    Leon Rambach 2 months ago

    Think about how the world would look right now if Frederick didn't smoke.

  • Pürpking
    Pürpking 2 months ago

    plz do more vidoes like this

  • Dutch Bandits
    Dutch Bandits 2 months ago +1

    WWI blame game options;
    A) blame it on Serbian terrorists who murdered a foreign dignitary.
    B) blame it on Russia who sided with Serbia "just because slavs have each other's back regardless of right and wrong".
    C) blame it all on the country that didn't even start the war, Germany.

  • Sane-well balanced Horse

    The two world wars were one conflict. They were designed to break the Germans so that this modern world could be born. All those lives were sacrificed to the birth of the Anglo-American Empire.

    • Sane-well balanced Horse
      Sane-well balanced Horse 2 months ago

      Prussia has been buried to time and her name cannot be uttered hidden as it is behind a Nazi past.

  • Kurlzz fjärtson
    Kurlzz fjärtson 2 months ago

    the best ad for anti smoking, smoking caused the world wars case closed

  • Arista Komnene
    Arista Komnene 2 months ago

    Never knew before that Cigarettes are dangerous enough to let world wars happen

  • Andras Libal
    Andras Libal 2 months ago

    Don't smoke. Unless you want to die at the pinnacle of your life in your 50s where all your education, hard work, diligence and perseverance got you in the position where you could make an actual, significant difference in the world.

  • wartem
    wartem 2 months ago

    Smoking caused two world wars

  • RedXlV
    RedXlV 2 months ago

    Millions died because the one man who could've saved Germany was addicted to nicotine.

  • Szycha8412
    Szycha8412 2 months ago

    Good work :)

  • I Em Hoo I Iz
    I Em Hoo I Iz 2 months ago

    Well no because there was the "French and Indian war".

  • I Em Hoo I Iz
    I Em Hoo I Iz 2 months ago

    My Grandma's family were Karl's from Alsace. I can find nothing of their history. I can't even find where my great grandma was buried here in the U.S.

  • goutham edara
    goutham edara 2 months ago

    Would have been better if the policies were shared rather than supposed ideologies. One country’s liberal is another’s conservative.

  • Raymond Romanos
    Raymond Romanos 2 months ago

    What's "Reelpolitik"? I think you ment "Realpolitik"...

  • AngSt3r13
    AngSt3r13 2 months ago

    Mate, I mean no offence but I’m blazed out my mind right now and you are just the worst thing to listen to 😂😂

    • AngSt3r13
      AngSt3r13 2 months ago +1

      Kings and Generals you know I think you’re right, it’s kind of weird to etch history documentary’s when you’re high. So I stopped. which is why it took me so long to reply to this, although I wasn’t watching doctor strange 😂

    • Kings and Generals
      Kings and Generals  2 months ago

      Who the hell watches historical documentaries on high? :D I advise going for Doctor Strange on Netflix.

  • Doralingus & Assorted
    Doralingus & Assorted 2 months ago

    well, its a nice video, but i have one gripe with it, it makes it seem like frederic was the only one in german comand who was stoping the great war from happening, and makes it seem like bismark was causing it to happen, that is a very crude view in my opinion, bismark was very conservative and wanted to unite germany under a monarchy through force if necessary, but he was also keenly aware that any wrong move could start a war in europe between all the major powers, and he did not want that, he wasnt just a military man who wanted to conquer things, in fact, aside from uniting germany he had no mailitayr ambitions whatsoever, and he activelly developed tight alliances with many of the other european powers to try and stop a war from happening, it was frederics son wilhelm who screwed everything up, he thought that his father and grandfather where weak for constantly giving in to bismarks demands, and as soon as he and bismark had a disagreement he fired bismark from the position of chancelor, after that he proceded to destroy all of germanys relations with the other eurpoean countries due to his thoughtless and impulsive decisions, puting it in a situation where it was forced to ally with a former enemy, austria-hungary, because they had literally noone else on their side, THAT was the only reason why germany declared war on russia and france after the assassination of franz ferdinand.

  • johnny normalface
    johnny normalface 2 months ago


  • ooffensive_history _
    ooffensive_history _ 2 months ago

    *cries in German*

  • Citygreensboy
    Citygreensboy 2 months ago +2

    Great video!

  • STepanHAmbroski
    STepanHAmbroski 2 months ago +1

    Am I the only person who keeps getting thrown that they keep using a picture of Friedrich Wilhelm IV for Wilhelm I?

  • Danial XIV
    Danial XIV 2 months ago

    R.I.P German Empire

  • Anagha Shyam
    Anagha Shyam 2 months ago

    Seems like he was not as successful as a father... but what do I know

  • Jayisbed
    Jayisbed 2 months ago

    The world loves ignorance especially Europe 🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️

  • 1980s_Space_Guy
    1980s_Space_Guy 2 months ago

    Lol why does it matter that he’s liberal that much

  • frank avila
    frank avila 2 months ago

    Willhelm s doctor is to blame he caused him to be anti British

  • A-Bloke-Named-Chris
    A-Bloke-Named-Chris 2 months ago

    wait so smoking caused ww1

  • Philipp Meyer
    Philipp Meyer 2 months ago

    There are several errors in the graphics: you mention Prussia and Russia, but show the Prussian and Austrian Flag. Moreover, when it comes to the unification of Germany as a nation you show a map that even says “Northern German Union” or whatever the english word for that is (not the Reich!). Either you should do some double-checking or there is some need for better research. As the narration is correct, it’s most likely the graphics, but keep that coherent.

  • EnraEnerato
    EnraEnerato 2 months ago

    Northern German here with a question:
    Why is it that I learned this here on TVclip and not in History classes?
    I mean he's the kind of guy we would've needed then and now... A skilled diplomat that is not afraid to speak up for minorities and will do the reforms nessesary, something Merkel never realy did. Infact from the viewpoint of the average German Merkel is known for looking away and not doing anything usefull...

  • Lorenzo Pagani
    Lorenzo Pagani 2 months ago

    It's worth noting Wilhelm II although not much of a fan of his father did like him, and hated the British for "first taking his mind, then his life". Not helped by this was the fact that his father had hired british doctors both to birth Wilhelm II (which ended up fucking up one of his arms and giving the boy a complex) and and to treat his cancer (not much they coulr have done, but proved Wilhelm II prejudices against britain)

  • Samir Sehgal
    Samir Sehgal 2 months ago +1

    TBH, WW1 was more a consequence of the alliance system established by Bismarck before Fredrick III even became emperor, considering Fredrick was a liberal, he would have dismissed Bismarck over the anti-socialist laws the same way Conservative Wilhelm II did in 1890, leading to a similar state of affairs, due to the fact that no Liberal or Conservative chancellor other than Bismarck could juggle diplomacy in such a way to prevent an isolated Russia from allying France.

  • Mamercus Aemilius
    Mamercus Aemilius 2 months ago

    Personaly I doubt that Friedrich Wilhelm III. would have prevented the war. He probably only would have delayed the inevitable. I find his sons Wilhelm II. to be a far more talented leader. Wilhelms only weakness was that he was too naive. He never thought that a war was comming so he never prepared for it. WW1 was not the fault of the german empire but of the serbian goverment who wanted war and the russian and french military staff who wanted to put the empire down before it became to powerfull

  • Tommaso Fogli
    Tommaso Fogli 2 months ago

    It's a shame that he died

  • Samuel vanWijland
    Samuel vanWijland 2 months ago

    What good would preventing the first world war be if the end result would be the same except for that people wouldn't have died in a war?

  • Andreus Triant
    Andreus Triant 2 months ago +4

    The First World War was bound to happen, Britain and Russia didn’t want another European superpower to compete with for colonization and else, the British didn’t care about Belgium they wanted an excuse to enter the war and take out their main rival Germany, no matter who was in power the war would’ve came to Germany and ended the empire

  • Supertomiman
    Supertomiman 2 months ago

    Thanks Marlboro...

  • The Chrome Knight
    The Chrome Knight 2 months ago +11

    This is the era when liberalism was a good thing.

  • The Chrome Knight
    The Chrome Knight 2 months ago +2

    ...or Germany could’ve won ww1 like they almost did like a million times. In ww2 it was highly unlikely they would’ve won.

    • The Chrome Knight
      The Chrome Knight 2 months ago +1

      Andrian Gutium
      No it wasn’t. There was no way Germany could’ve won ww2, especially after Germany declared war on Russia. In ww1 it was constant back and forth and it wasn’t clear which side could win at any point, meaning that Germany could’ve won, especially if they had better logistics during the spring offensive of 1918.

    • Andrian Gutium
      Andrian Gutium 2 months ago

      the opposite.

  • Alek Mitev
    Alek Mitev 2 months ago

    If Frederick had ruled a world war would probably have still occured. The sides would just be different. Perhaps a weaker Germany and Great Britain against France, Russia, and Austria Hungary.

  • Erik Hare
    Erik Hare 2 months ago +2

    I have seen this three times now. It brings tears to my eyes every time.

  • JacobLZP
    JacobLZP 2 months ago

    whats up with royalty have strokes all the time

  • Norwalk
    Norwalk 2 months ago +1

    Fredrick III was a complete cuck

  • EggBoy
    EggBoy 2 months ago +1

    puts a whole new meaning to the phrase "smoking kills"

  • Luca Moriconi
    Luca Moriconi 2 months ago +1

    Friedrich III german emperor 1888-1888

  • Dontkillme
    Dontkillme 2 months ago

    German Empire lost more than 2.5 million during the I World War. What ? Money, People, Cars or what ?

  • I Want A Billion Subscribers in 5 Days

    There is also a complete opposite of this story which happens in 1936,"The Year of the 3 Emperor". I'm not getting in-depth since most people have a basic understanding of this but after George V died he was succeeded by his eldest son Edward. Later after less than an year he abdicated the throne to his younger brother George VI, Queen Elizabeth's father. The main reason he abdicated was because of marriage problems since he was gonna get married to a non-noble American and most Brits didn't like that.But if he had reigned longer, Britain was gonna be Fascist, Allied with Uncle Adolf and Oswald Mosley would be Fuhrer of the UK.

  • Edyson Classified
    Edyson Classified 2 months ago

    The people themselves could've averted the world wars had people refused to bear arms and kill thy neighbors.

  • Wild fire
    Wild fire 2 months ago +1

    Good thing he didn’t change Germany, those fucking libtards. They were always stupid. Also funny that the music at the end was the Austro-Hungarian Anthem (Yes I know it s also now the German one now but they stole it and Preußengloria or another song would have been better)

  • CMDR Ulon
    CMDR Ulon 2 months ago

    Smoking caused WW1....

  • 岡田茂吉 Mokichi Okada
    岡田茂吉 Mokichi Okada 2 months ago +17

    Thank you for the great video.We Japanese love Germany and Germans very much.
    We Japanese sent 9,000 cherry blossom trees to Germany in 1990. It is said that the money of this cherry blossom trees is gathered by the donation of the Japanese and bought a cherry blossom trees . Almost all Japanese people participated in donations. The Japanese always cooperate with Germany.This cherry blossom tree is still in Berlin.We Japanese love Germany and Germans very much. Germany and Germans are great.
    The Japanese always cooperate with Germany.We pleased to welcome Germans . Japanese and Germans are smart, diligent and serious. When making the Japanese constitution in the Meiji era, japanese made it with reference to the German constitution.The army is also German style. We invited Klemens Wilhelm Jacob Meckel, a soldier of the Kingdom of Germany, from Germany. The Japanese army became very strong thanks to him. The Japanese was very happy when he came to Japan. Because he is a great German. All thanks to Germany. Germany is a Japanese teacher. japanese also made medical science with reference to Germany. Because I admitted that Germany was the best in the world from that time. Even now the doctor has a person who writes the Karte in German. For example, a car is.The most imported cars in Japan are German cars. Japanese Prime Minister told the Japanese Emperor that Germany and Germans absolutely can trust when we form an alliance with Germany in World War II.
    Japan is always a German friend. Japan's national anthem Kimigayo was made by Hayashi Hiromori and German Franz Eckert.
    This is a story that Japanese people helped Germans in japanese Okinawa Miyakojima, Japan. In 1873, the German Merchant shipRobertoson was hit by a typhoon,ran aground off Miyakojima Miyakuni. At that time, the islander rescues the crew,They gave some food to the Germans.They gave Germans a place to sleep. The days were 34 days.And sent Germans back to Germany safely.There are still monuments sent from Germany in Okinawa.Japan will always help Germans from now on.There are two Germans statues at the University of Tokyo. Germans are still respected in Japan.
    The Japanese were able to become strong Japan thanks to Bismarck.
    Many Japanese respect Bismarck. The first Prime Minister was called Japan's Bismarck. In my town there is a tower that prays that the Germans soul will be saved.

    • Felipe Doege
      Felipe Doege 2 months ago +1

      Thank you very much for the kind words, we germans also love the japanese, and respect the japanese a great deal! God bless your souls!

    • T Shaggz
      T Shaggz 2 months ago +3

      So the japanse hate germans?

    • D'Angelo Jenkins
      D'Angelo Jenkins 2 months ago

      What the fuck

    • Simon
      Simon 2 months ago

      I agree

    • Simon
      Simon 2 months ago

      I agree

  • Wolfy
    Wolfy 2 months ago +1

    Loved the details and well-written description of this video. Good job

    IDIOT_PANTS 2 months ago

    Liberalism is still bad

  • Gameflyer001
    Gameflyer001 2 months ago +1

    It didn't help that a surgeon who was treating Frederick's cancer botched an operation on his larynx that further reduced the Emperor's remaining lifespan.

  • Xmarksmen
    Xmarksmen 2 months ago +1

    mmm would could have been, that is the major question when looking back.

  • Rowan Torr
    Rowan Torr 2 months ago

    Georg Wilhelm born Potsdam 1831 died 1905 South Africa.buried Burgersdorp Cape.
    Married Muriel Wisby in London. Hyther square London. Smuggled out of Germany as a baby
    Alder shot military..CapeTown to fight in frontier wars. His son Georg Frederich Wilhelm follows him to SA in

  • Jacob Jacob
    Jacob Jacob 2 months ago

    I really dislike how he is called Frederick III and not Friedrich 3. !!!

    • Helmholtz
      Helmholtz 2 months ago

      How are we ever able to survive this?

  • Wil Z
    Wil Z 2 months ago

    smoking contributed to the world war, talk about butterfly effect

  • Richmond Manga
    Richmond Manga 2 months ago

    Frederick II needs a movie

  • Renegade Rook
    Renegade Rook 2 months ago

    Kaiser Wilhelm had a english mother and yet he said he hated the British. Oh the irony.

  • King In Prussia
    King In Prussia 2 months ago

    Frederick would have made an immense difference.

  • kang Ali
    kang Ali 2 months ago

    And my nation still under netherland rule if world war never happen

  • jc
    jc 3 months ago

    I feel SO stupid. I always thought that Willy II was the son of Kaiser Wilhelm I

  • The Chosen Failure
    The Chosen Failure 3 months ago +1

    have you heard of the president who could have stopped ww2, the rise of Communism, Fascism and the Rise of interventionism in the US. Woodrow Wilson

  • Artur S
    Artur S 3 months ago

    A good vid has been usual from here just 1 thing seems to be incorrect...on 4:31 when "the Elder Helmuth von Moltke" is referred,the portrait is in fact of "The Younger"...

  • Ibrahim Hussein
    Ibrahim Hussein 3 months ago

    Nobody can stop a destiny

  • aimar ramadhan
    aimar ramadhan 3 months ago

    I would have a time machine to stop Fredrick smoking when he was little.

  • Emperor Of Wall
    Emperor Of Wall 3 months ago

    Imagine all the other possible great possible men thoughout history who could have done so much more if they either were healthier or luckier or simply truley believed they were destined.

  • Dave Hoffman
    Dave Hoffman 3 months ago

    I just realized this is Fritz(who is only called Fritz in the Extra History series on Otto von Bismarck)

  • Leo E.
    Leo E. 3 months ago +1

    loved this video

  • republic1001
    republic1001 3 months ago

    Its sad for me to say this but if he didnt die and there was no world war 1 or 2 our world would be different but not for the better.

  • Rico134
    Rico134 3 months ago +1

    Anyone find it ironic that the Nazis a few decades later would be the first ones to hold anti-smoking movements?

  • ayman sarhan
    ayman sarhan 3 months ago

    also Fredrick II of holy roman empire

  • Admiral Bulöw
    Admiral Bulöw 3 months ago

    This is sad. Can we restore german emperor now?

  • Christian Scearce
    Christian Scearce 3 months ago

    Are we just not gonna talk about how Romulus killed Reme which began Roman civilization as we know it which conquered most of the known world and shaped the course of history as we know it? Romulus started WW1!

  • Punchi Games
    Punchi Games 3 months ago +1

    I see what you did with the background music 9:20