28th July 1914 - Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia
On July 28, 1914, one month to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, effectively beginning the First World War.
The following telegram sent by Count Leopold von Berchtold (Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister) at 11.10 am to M. N. Pashitch (Serbian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister), who received it at 12.30 pm
28 July 1914
The Royal Serbian Government not having answered in a satisfactory manner the note of July 23, 1914, presented by the Austro-Hungarian Minister at Belgrade, the Imperial and Royal Government are themselves compelled to see to the safeguarding of their rights and interests, and, with this object, to have recourse to force of arms.
Austria-Hungary consequently considers herself henceforward in state of war with Serbia.
A German woman being shown how to use a Panzerfaust, Berlin March 1945.
An allied pilot who has shot down 9 German aircraft and one Italian aircraft.
The small Allied force reinforcing the Greeks at the time of the German invasion, was far to small to stop the attackers. Pushed down the length of the peninsula through the month of April, rest was hard to come by. For many, the boat ride to Egypt or Crete was the first good sleep they had had in weeks.
This blog will be going on brief hiatus (four weeks) as I’m heading to training where I won’t have access to technology. Posting will resume once I’m back.
A group of 1st Infantry Division troops who stormed Omaha Beach and although wounded gained the comparative safety offered by the Chal-Cliff at their backs. Food and cigarettes were available to land comfort to the men. Normandy, France. 6 June 1944.
“Ryozo Asano, left, spokesman for a group of diversified Japanese family enterprises called the Zaibatsu, inspects the wreckage of his steel plant in Tokyo, after the first U.S. air raid on Japan’s capital, April 18, 1942. He is accompanied by an unidentified aide. Thirteen targets were struck, including an oil tank farm, a steel mill, and an aircraft carrier under construction. Some 50 Japanese lost their lives.”