When I was in college and studying war the First World War was a good study…….we all knew that the knew the origin of the war was the assassination of Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire…..since those dark days of my youth other thoughts about the beginning of the Great War have come to light.
How could the death of one man, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who was assassinated on 28 June 1914, lead to the deaths of millions in a war of unprecedented scale and ferocity? This is the question at the heart of the debate on the origins of the First World War. Finding the answer to this question has exercised historians for 100 years.
In July 1914, everyone in Europe was convinced they were fighting a defensive war. Governments had worked hard to ensure that they did not appear to be the aggressor in July and August 1914. This was crucial because the vast armies of soldiers that would be needed could not be summoned for a war of aggression.
Socialists, of whom there were many millions by 1914, would not have supported a belligerent foreign policy and could only be relied upon to fight in a defensive war. French and Belgians, Russians, Serbs and Britons were convinced they were indeed involved in a defensive struggle for just aims. Austrians and Hungarians were fighting to avenge the death of Franz Ferdinand.
AS with most wars….the beginnings are in question depending where you stand in the conflict…
A hundred years on and we are still confused about the First World War…there are so many questions that are difficult to answer or not answerable at all.
The war had been raging for 3+ years when the US entered into the conflict in 1917…..once the Americans entered into the fray there were some “firsts” for America……
World War I was a global battle that lasted from July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918. Tens of millions of servicemen from over 30 countries fought on battlegrounds all over the world. Many methods of combat were pioneered in this bloodbath, which ended up killing 16 million people. Technology-wise, it was the first war to see large scale use of poisonous gas, airplanes, and tanks. Also, artillery technology and targeting was perfected to rain death on thousands of soldiers. America tried to stay out of it for years but was pulled in, declaring war against Germany on April 6, 1917. Here are 10 historic firsts in America’s involvement in World War I…
I may be one of the few Americans that actually studied this war and has an interest to see it not forgotten.
I feel that NO war should ever be forgotten by the citizens of America….our young were sent some died….never forget that fact….it is the young that pay a price for war.