The Shot That Started World War I
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The Shot That Started World War I

The First World War took the lives of 10 million soldiers, 7 million civilians, 21 million more wounded and 7.7 million were missing. It all started with an assassination a century ago. On June 28, 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a member of a secret military society called Blackhand, assassinated Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand along with his spouse, Sophie, in Sarajevo. That is the shot that started World War I, sparking a series of events that ultimately led to a conflict between Allies(Britain, France and Russia) and the Central Powers(Germany, the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary). See also the Summary of World War I and the Fallen of World War II.

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Last Updated:

10/03/2017