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McGovern Library staff have compiled a selective list of print and online resources as a starting point for research on the World War I. It is not a complete listing of materials held by McGovern Library or available online, but is intended to serve as a guide to some of the Library's resources, and as a pointer to a variety of electronic resources.
Military alliances leading to World War I
- June 28,1914
Archduke Franz Ferdinand heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife are assassinated in Sarajevo.
- July 28
Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.
- July 31
As an ally of Serbia, Russia announces full mobilization of her armed forces.
- August 1
Germany mobilizes her armed forces and declares war on Russia.
- August 3
Germany declares war on France.
- August 4
Germany declares war on neutral Belgium and invades in a right flanking move designed to defeat France quickly. As a result of this invasion, Britain declares war on Germany.
- August 6
Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia.
- August 22
"The Battle of the Frontiers" -- 27,000 French soldiers die on this single day in an offensive thrust to the east of Paris, towards the German borders.
- August 26-30
German army, led by Erich Ludendorff and Paul von Hindenburg achieves its greatest victory of the war on the Eastern front against Russia at the Battle of Tennenberg.
- September 5-10
First Battle of the Marne halts German invasion in France.
- September 15
First trenches of the Western front are dug.
- December 25
Unofficial Christmas Truce declared by soldiers in the trenches along the Western Front.
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