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World War I Facts

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungary throne, was assassinated with a Serbian nationalist group called the "Black Hand". This was the start of a variety of events that lead to the First World War.On July 28, exactly one month after Ferdinand's assassination, Austria-Hungary stated campaign on Serbia. Russia found Serbia's protection, hiring its extremely big army. This took a whole six months to create the entire army together.On August 1, Germany, in protection of its ally, Austria-Hungary, stated campaign on Russia. \nFrance retaliated and attended campaign on Russia's behalf against Germany and Austria-Hungary. Britain, an ally to France, stated campaign on Germany on August 4. Japan, as Britain's ally, stated campaign on Germany on August 23 and, in return, Austria-Hungary stated campaign on Japan. Italy managed to prevent the campaign until May 23, 1915.This was exactly the beginning of the campaign. There were many additional countries that were concerned. The campaign involved countries in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. One nation was attacked, causing her ally to retaliate. This became a huge cycle causing a globe wide "domino effect."Involving a lot of Europe and spanning over 4 continents, World War I was the first really worldwide campaign. On August 19, 1914, The United States Of America stated a "policy of absolute neutrality." They kept this position virtually through the entire campaign. On April 6, 1917, the United States Of America officially entered the campaign after Germany's policy of unrestricted submarine warfare almost wiped out America's commercial shipping. This policy authorized Germany to sink any ship that contacted Britain whether it was a military ship, provide ship or even passenger ship.The war ended on November 11, 1918 when Germany signed an armistice treaty with all the allies. The house front was a huge celebration. Those on the front, however, saw the war's end ina different light. The fighting continued and several soldiers died actually after the official end of the campaign. It had been over 4 years since the campaign started and it was extremely difficult to adjust to a unexpected end to the campaign. Some suffered emotional breakdowns. They mind were merely so conditioned to the fighting that they could not imagine it being over so suddenly.The campaign produced over 40 thousand casualties. 20 thousand lives were lost with as various civilian deaths as military deaths. 10 thousand civilians and almost 10 thousand soldiers lost their lives. There were additionally 21 thousand injuries. World War I pronounced the particular of the world prescribe that had endured and would be a factor in the outbreak of World War II. Ironically, the First World War became termed as "the campaign to end all wars."\nworld war 1 and 2 timeline summary

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