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Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

With an unprecedented scale of trench warfare and enormous losses on all sides of the conflict, World War I (1914–1918) devastated Europe. This photograph shows stretcher bearers carrying a wounded man during the Battle of the Somme, France. September 1916. 

With an unprecedented scale of trench warfare and enormous losses on all sides of the conflict, World War I (1914–1918) devastated Europe. This photograph shows stretcher bearers carrying a wounded man during the Battle of the Somme, France. September 1916. —© IWM (Q 1332) http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205191438 (external link)

June 28, 1914

Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, is assassinated in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. His murder precipitates the start of the massive armed conflict in Europe now known as the First World War.

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