The Austrian Experience During WWI

Lauren Wingate

This announcement is of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which is credited with being the event that started WWI in many textbooks. Although not the sole cause of the war, it did start the chain of events into WWI by causing Austria-Hungary to declare war on Serbia.
During WWI there was a significant amount of propaganda. This is an example of the text about propaganda and nationalism that is promoted throughout the war from the textbook.
Not much about prisoners of war is mentioned in the textbook, but anyone can see from the public announcements made in Austria-Hungary that the POWs were in no way to be treated the same as Austrian citizens. Even simple things like cigarettes could not be given to the POWs.
This postcard is the most interesting to me because it shows the dedication of Emperor Franz Joseph to Austria-Hungary winning the war. He didn't attempt to make peace but instead spent his time reading reports from the front and helping with war strategies.
WWI in Austria-Hungary required not just the solider's effort, but the whole empire, including those who were not fighting. One way in which the country made sacrifices for the war effort was to have food rations so the soldiers would have enough food.
This picture embodies the Austrian experience during WWI completely. Not only does it show the obvious aspects of war like the fighting, but the fact that a child drew this picture in school shows that there was not one person in Austria-Hungary who didn't have something to do with the war.
This picture of a trench is a first-hand example of the type of war used in WWI. In addition, it shows the stalemate that the textbook states takes place during the beginning of the war.
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