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How It Began

How It Began

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How It Began
Updated - Saturday, 27 March, 2004
If you are new to the First World War - or are rusty after many years since history class - the reasons for the
so-called 'Great War' can be shrouded in confusion.
The Second World War was rather more straightforward: no questions there who did what and who was at
fault.
This website contains much material based in and around the events of World War One - but if you are
unsure how it began and who did what, well, where to begin? That's the purpose of this section of the site.

Admittedly the origins of the war remain somewhat controversial even after all these years, but the facts are
there. The articles contained here outline the run-up to the war, who was who, and explain why the
assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was by no means the sole cause of the conflict, how it
was spoiling anyhow.

Having read these primers you will hopefully be in a better position to explore the remainder of the site
which despite its size is, of course, still very much in development.
The Causes of World War One(click here)
What happened and why
Archduke Ferdinand's Assassination(click here)
Memoir of Archduke's assassination
The July Crisis(click here)
Events of July 1914 leading to war
How the War was Planned(click here)
Plan XVII, Schlieffen Plan, Plan B...
Balkan Causes of World War One(click here)
The Black Hand and the Serbian Government
Willy-Nicky Telegrams(click here)
Kaiser to the Tsar and the Tsar to the Kaiser
Austria's Ultimatum to Serbia(click here)
Austria-Hungary's reaction to the assassination
Map of Pre-War Europe(click here)
European borders prior to the onset of war
Archduke Franz Ferdinand(click here)
Heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne
Gavrilo Princip(click here)
Member of the Black Hand and Ferdinand's assassin
The Battle of Liege(click here)
Opening land battle of World War One in Belgium
365 Days On(click here)
Events of 1 August 1915
Kaiser Wilhelm II(click here)
German monarch
Tsar Nicholas II(click here)
Russian monarch
Emperor Franz-Josef(click here)
Austro-Hungarian monarch
Prince Alexander(click here)
Serbian regent
Sir Edward Grey(click here)
British Foreign Secretary
Count Leopold von Berchtold(click here)
Austro-Hungarian Foreign Secretary
President Wilson(click here)
U.S. President
Joseph Joffre(click here)
French Commander-in-Chief
Sir John French(click here)
British Commander-in-Chief
Helmuth von Moltke(click here)
German Army Chief of Staff
The Minor Powers(click here)
Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece Montenegro, etc.
Who Declared War and When(click here)
Rundown of war declarations by nation
Principal Actions of World War One(click here)
List of primary events, actions and offensives
The War in Gallipoli: An Overview(click here)
Summary of the war in the Dardanelles in 1915
Songs on the Way to the Front(click here)
"It's a Long Way to Tipperary" (1914, MP3 music)
Life in the Trenches(click here)
Daily routine of trench life
A Soldier Remembers...(click here)
David Philips recounts his experiences
In Flanders Fields(click here)
Story of the war's best known poem

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