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The tragedy to end all tragedies

June 28, 2014

The Great War (sometimes in America it was termed the European War) was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 100 years ago this week, on June 28, 1914. The war was a continuation of the fragile balancing of the European powers, when the closely related noble families sought to strengthen their positions on the European chess board. It was an extremely deadly and tragic conflict, as more than nine million combatants sacrificed their young lives. It was characterized by trench warfare and the use of mustard gas.



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