World War I

1914–1919

The Archduke’s Assassination On June 28, 1914, the archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, and his wife visited the city of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Gavrilo Princip, a nineteen-year-old militant Bosnian Serb shot both the archduke and his wife at point-blank range.Tensions between Austria-Hungary and Serbia escalated further.
Reaction to Assasination Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Wilhelm II and his Chancellor, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, incited Austria-Hungary to revenge against Serbia. Wilhelm operated as Commander in Chief of the German armed forces throughout the war.
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