Have you ever felt a great hate towards someone and wanted to do something bad to hurt them? Well I hope not, but the Serbian officials of the year 1914 did. The Serbian officials had knowledge of an assassination and they hoped it would start a war.
The heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Franz Ferdinand was the eldest son of the archduke Charles Louis, who was the brother of the emperor Franz Joseph. Franz Ferdinand and his wife visited the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, they were riding through the city with a perade. A Bosnian revolutionary by the name of Gavrilo Princip rushed to the couples open car and let off multiple shot, killing the couple. The assassin was a member of the “Black Hand”. The Black Hand was a secret Serbian society of the early 20th century that used terrorist methods to promote the liberation of Serbs outside Serbia from Habsburg or Ottoman rule.
The aftermath of the assassination was terrible. The Austro-Hungarian government blamed Serbia for the assassination and had come to the decision to crush Serbia to prevent the Slavic nationalism from undermining it’s empire. Austrians asked Germany, which was their allies, for support because they knew that attacking Serbia could cause Russia to step in, and with that Germany promised to support Austria-Hungary. Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to the Serbian government. The Serbs counted on Russia to back them up and the Russians counted on France, but France had worries for the thought they might one day be caught alone in war Germany so they promised to step in only when the war started.
Everything erupted on the twenty-eighth day of July. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia and mobilized its army immediately and troops were sent to the German border. It was not over, on August first Germany declared war on Russia. Germany was not done they declared war on France. This was World War 1!
Germany was really putting up a fight they had been prepared to go to war for a long time. France was invaded because Germany hoped to knock France out of the way. With France out of the way Germany would be able to send troops to handle Russia, but there was a problem, Belgium. Belgium was neutral so the German troops promised Belgium neutrality. After Germany crossed the neutral ground Britain declared war on Germany. The Allies were made up of France, Russia, and Great Britain and was later joined by Italy. German troops was taken by surprise, Russia invaded Germany. Germany was forced to pull troops out of the war to come defend their homefront which weakened German forces.
Germany and Austro-Hungary forces stopped the Russians from attacking places. They had swept through hundreds of miles and took prisionars. Russia lost two million people but the fight kept on. Later on due to the death of many Americans and American ships America finally join into the war also.
It was really sad that people are so selfish to take an innocent life just to please
yourself. The question I have after this is, What has the world come to ?
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