World War I Begins! Bryant McCarthy EDUC 6305 February 18, 2010
It all began at a parade… Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg were in back seat of an open car in a motorcade on their way to visit patients a military hospital. June 28, 1914, Sarajevo, Bosnia
One wrong turn…
The driver turned onto the wrong street. When he began to turn around, Serbian GavriloPrincip just happened to be standing on the corner.
Princip fired his pistol with the first shot striking Ferdinand’s wife and the second striking Ferdinand in the neck. Both were killed instantly.
Latin Bridge- Gavriloshot Franz Ferdinand on Franz Joseph Street which leads off Appel Quay opposite the left of the bridge
Austian forces began to retaliate against Serbian forces.
Over the next 37 days treaties were formed as countries began form alliances with Austrian and Serbian militaries.
Germany provided Austria with limitless funds to defeat Serbia.
Russia provided Serbia with funds and resources.
Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914.
With this event major countries began declaring war on each other.
Germany declared war on Russia August 1, 1914
Great Britain declared war on Germany August 3, 1914.
Just the Beginning
World War I would go on to last for four years.
What started as two assassinations turned into the loss of approx. 10,000,000 lives.
Resources for all pictures and information can found on www.wikipedia.org