From 1914 – 1918 a titanic war spread across Europe and throughout the colonies. 65 million soldiers were sent into combat. More than 8.5 million soldiers died in the struggle. 21 million soldiers were wounded. Almost 8 million were MIA or taken prisoner. 10 – 15 million civilians perished under the harsh wartime conditions.
In 1914, Europe was divided. Nations had joined two different alliances. Nations in each alliance pledged to help each other if they were attacked. On one side were the Allied Powers or Allies. On the other side were the Central Powers.
Gavriola Princip a Serbian terrorist shot him and his wife dead. The terrorist group that killed the leader was called the black hand. They trained in Serbia. As a result to the death of their next king, Austria Hungary declares war on Serbia.
Most Americans did not think the United States should get involved in the war. But in 1915, a erman submarine