You can read more about it HERE, but suffice it to say that the assassination of an Austro-Hungarian prince by a Serb nationalist in June 1914 led to a declaration of war by Austria-Hugary against Serbia on July 28, 1914. This is the trigger that set off the other declarations - Russia backing Serbia by alliance, Germany backing Austria-Hungary by alliance and so forth and so on all across Europe.
By early August 1914 the fighting had started and would not stop until late 1918.
The United States didn't get into the conflict until 1917. More on why we waited and what our entry meant to the war HERE.
In 1994, I was in France and went to a battlefield were the US Marines fought the Germans in a famous battle toward the end of the war. The pace is called Belleau Wood. We won.
On this anniversary, I thought I'd post some pictures I took when there.
Immediately below is a historic drawing of the battle. Below that are pictures I took during my visit.
|Remnants of a German Trench at Belleau Wood Battlefield, (C) Marc Osborn|
|WWI Artillery at the Belleau Wood Battlefield, (C) Marc Osborn|
|Memorial at Belleau Wood American Cemetery, (C) Marc Osborn|
NOTE: Copyright for all photographs in this post is owned by Marc Osborn. No use of any of these pictures for any purpose is permitted without the prior written permission of Marc Osborn.