If you were a child in this year of WW1 you may have even found the idea of war very exciting with all the uniformed soldiers and marching bands. This opinion would soon changed though when your brother or Father started to leave home to fight, with some of them coming back injured and others sadly never coming back at all.
28th June 1914: Gavrilo Princip assassinates The Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo.
1st August 1914: Germany delcares war on Russia.
4th August 1914: Britain declares war on Germany.
25th December 1914: the Christmas truce takes place across the trenches of France. Soldiers from both sides meet in the middle of no-man's land, exchange presents and play football.
More than 65 million men from 30 countries fought in WWI.
This was the year that the First World War started, when the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand by a Serbian student called Gavrllo Princip started a chain of events that quickly led to war. Shortly after the assassination, Germany first declared war on Russia, then France and Belgium. Britain then declared war on Germany.
The year after:
Archduke Franz Ferdinand