“What is the good of your speeches? I come to Sarajevo on a visit, and I get bombs thrown at me. It is outrageous.” ~Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

One this day… ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, was an event so epic and important that it started a chain of other global events which led to the First World War breaking.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria along with his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were both assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This murder is seen as the central, precipitating event to have sparked the war.

Of course there were many involved in the murderous plot. Most of the men tried and convicted were sentenced from three to twenty years in prison for their specific role. Others received life sentences. And still three others were executed by hanging because of their participation. While nine in total were acquitted. archduke1

The victims were shot by nineteen year old Bosnian Serb, Gavrilo Princip.

Shockingly Princip received twenty years in prison but had died in 1918 from tuberculosis.

The assassination led up to Austria-Hungary’s campaign against Serbia. All hell broke loose. Fighting started. Nations and countries took sides, and the war began.

All of that, started 4 years, 3 months and 1 week of the world gone mad it seems. Death, destruction, blurred lines, alliances, armies, and powers that be striking blows at one another.

And still here we are today saying that this began 100 years ago. And it seems so odd and ancient to do so. Archduke-Franz-Ferdinand-of-Austria

These things literally and actually happened on this day a century before. All of it leading to mass casualties between the Allied Powers and Central Powers.

Austria-Hungary and Germany being a part of the Central Powers and nations such as the United States, United Kingdom, and France the Allied Powers.

Interesting side note: Italy and Japan also took participation in World War I, sided along with the United States. Something that they would NOT do during World War II.

Both military and civilian casualties were over 37 million people. 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded which makes World War I rank among the deadliest conflicts ever on Earth. Not to mention that the Spanish Flu was also running wild and was infecting and killing people which also contributes to the numbers of casualties to be higher due to the fact that the outbreak happened during the war.

For some it is still hard to believe that something as “simple” as an assassination of two people in power could lead to so much death, destruction, and the re-writing of world history as we know it. But it did. The “war to end all wars” would not be World War I as they proclaimed. Within a few decades there was World War II. And thankfully, we’ve not had World War III.

But today was the day one hundred years ago where an assassination took place and it changed the face of the world forever. Come December will be hundred years since the Christmas Truce of World War I. And there will be a blog post about it. Stay tuned right here at DAMBREAKER.


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