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The First World War

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The Coming of War, 1914

28 June

The Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot by Serb terrorists on a visit to inspect Austrian troops in Bosnia.

5 July

Germany promised total support for Austria

28 July

Austria declared war on Serbia – this angered Russia.

30 July

Russia mobilised her army – this alarmed Germany.

3 August

Germany implemented the Schlieffen Plan and invaded France through Belgium.

4 August

Britain declared war on Germany.

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