Bombs falling in Gaza…..shells falling in Ukraine……
Today is 28 July 2014……..100 years ago today the world stood still and it would NEVER be the same again…..today was the start of the Great War or as it is called these days World War 1……..
The year is 1914….it is a warm day in Sarajevo in Serbia…..the Arch Duke Ferdinand of the Austria-Hungarian Empire, is on a state visit and a group of “anarchists” shoot and kill the Duke….it is June 28, 1914…….
Lots of whys and whats and whens….lots of backs and forths……and on July 28, 1914 one month after the assassination of the Archduke, Austria-Hungarian Empire declares war on Serbia….and with that declaration a whole series of events and alliances began forming ……
- August 1 – Germany declares war on Russia.
- August 3 – Germany declares war on France.
- August 4 – The United Kingdom declares war on Germany, after Germany invades Belgium
- August 6 – Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia and Serbia declares war on Germany.
- August 26 – The Battle of Tannenberg begins.
In less than a month just about every “kingdom” on the European continent had chose a side and the blood letting began……the only “power” that stayed out of the fray was the US…..but that was short lived for in 1917 the US declares war on Germany…..and off we go to fight in a war to end all wars (at least that is what most thought….silly of them)…..and in 5 years of war there were in the neighborhood of 39,000,000 casualties, that is KIA, WIA and MIA……
New technology was introduced to the battlefield during this war….chemical weapons, tanks, a flame thrower, machine guns…..all in all a proving ground for wars to come…..and we have certainly learned our lessons well…….
Mercifully the Great War ended officially on June 28, 1919 with the Treaty of Versailles…….and there was a call of “never again”…..which lasted about 20 years before the world started lining up again and once that started it was only a matter of time……and a little over 20 years we were at it again…….another waste of human life.
Take a little time out of your busy schedule and think about the men who went to war 100 years ago today….and pray that we are never that stupid again! But sadly….we were!