A climax that changed the World

May 22, 2012 | In: World War I


I’ll make a short history of how the pre-war state eventualy turned out to be maybe the biggest declaration of war in the 20th century.

On the 28th of July 1914, one month after the death of Franz Ferdinand, the Astro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia, after requesting a terrible ultimatum which the Serbian government didn’t agree with.

Being tied by treaty with Serbia, the Russian army began the mobilisation of its army against the Austro-Hungarians, a process finished after more than a month.

Germany, taking the russian’s army mobilisation as an act of war on its ally, declared war against Russia on the 1st of August, 1914.

Two days later, France, an ally of Russia, found itself declaring war on its neighbour, Germany.

It didn’t take much for the germans to react. A number of days later, neutral Belgium was invaded, because its land was the shortest route for the germans to get to Paris. And so, Belgium was forced to enter the war.

Along with Belgium, Britan too entered the war, because of its allegiance to the newly invaded country. Great Britain enter the war on the 4th of August. Along with it, numerous colonies of the queen offered military support, including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, India and South Africa.

The USA declared itself totally neutral. This policy, implemented by Woodrow Wilson, managed to keep the US far from guns until the 6th of April 1914. When german submarines threatened american comercial ships.

Italy managed to stay out of the conflict until May 1915, because the agreement signed with the 2 hostile countries stated that Italy should join forces with them only for defensive actions. As shown, Italy shortly entered the frey.

 

On the other side of the Planet, Japan also joined the war, because of its committement to Britain.


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