28th July 1914: How World War 1 begins!

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife led the whole world to World War 1. The Serbian terrorist has done this. Russia has supported Serbia and also brought France into this. Let’s read some more facts about WWI.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, and his wife were murdered on June 28, 1914, by a Serbian-backed terrorist. Europe’s leaders took a sequence of political, diplomatic, and military decisions that turned a local struggle in south-east Europe into a worldwide war. This led the world to World War 1.

On July 28, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, aided by Germany. France entered the conflict as a result of Russia’s assistance for Serbia. On August 1, Germany declared war on Russia, and on August 3, France declared war on Germany. Germany’s violation of Belgium’s neutrality, along with British worries about German dominance in Europe. It drew Britain and her empire into the war on August 4, 1914.

Europe preparations of War and Actions of Britain

By the summer of 1914, Germany had just one war plan: to defeat France before turning on France’s ally, Russia. Its Generals feared Russia’s growing military power and were ready to strike before it was too late. On August 3, Germany declared war. Russia and France increased their pressure on the United Kingdom to announce their support. However, Britain was under no obligation to fight under the terms of its agreements with Russia and France.

Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary, attempted to convene an international peace conference on July 24. France approved his plans, but Germany declined. Germany asked for British neutrality in the event of a European war on July 29, which Britain denied. A German triumph in Western Europe would give Germany control of the Channel coast, threatening Britain’s security and trade.

Germany insisted on allowing its troops to travel via Belgium territory. Belgium declined. Accepting Germany’s demands would render Belgium a founder in the attack. So, Germany invaded Belgium. Seeing this happening, made Britain and its Empire go to War. That’s how World War 1 began.

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