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This Day in History: July 28, 1914

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by Simonov
This Day in History: July 21, 1865
This Day in History: August 4, 1901

On July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, effectively beginning the First World War. Within ~one week, the nations of Serbia, Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Great Britain were all at war. Over the course of the next four years, tens of millions of men from countries around the globe would fight and many would die in one of the bloodiest and most brutal conflicts in recorded history. World War marked a drastic change in the way wars were fought. The first examples of aerial and armored combat arose during the war. Trench warfare, massed artillery bombardments, long-range air raids, machine guns, and chemical warfare all characterized the conflict.

By the end of the conflict, ~11 million military personnel and ~7 million civilians had been killed through conflict and disease. The German, Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, and Russian empires had been destroyed. Russia was embroiled in a civil war which would see the creation of another authoritarian state, the USSR, and the rise of communism. Political and economic strife, much of it a direct result of the war, would set the stage for the rise of fascism in such states as Germany, Austria, and Italy. Several nations would gain their independence at the end of the war, including Poland, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland among others.

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Jarylan
1 year ago
For those interested in a good source of information on WWI, here's an educational YouTube channel that me and the husband-cat have been watching.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcyEsEjhPEDf69RRVhRh4A

It's a very good channel, and very interesting.

Quite possibly one of the worst and most pointless wars ever. Of course, in a wider view, aren't all wars...
RabbitGTI
1 year ago
Thanks for the link:) I agree with you there-Soldiers clean up the messes politicians make!
RabbitGTI
1 year ago
Another great history lesson, I actually knew this:) It's great to be reminded though of what this was cost in lives and unintended consequences.
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