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Beginning of the war World war I began in the Balkans which was the same place many small war took place The assassination of the Archduke Archduke Francis Ferdinand was the heir of the throne of Austria-Hungary he hoped that his sympathy for the Slavs would ease the tension between Austria-Hungary and the Balkans He and his wife had arranged to tour Bosnia As the couple rode through Sarajevo on June 28 1914 an Asian by the name of Gavrillo Principe jumped on their car and fired two shots Francis and Sophie did almost instantly Gavirle Principe was linked to a Serbian terrorist group called the Block hand The Assignation gave Austria-Hungary a good reason to crush Serbia a lay time emerge in the Balkans But first they gained Germanys promise to support them in any action they took against Serbia Then they sent Serbia a list of Humiliating demands on July 23 Serbia accepted most of the demands and offered to have the rest settled by an international conference Austria-Hungary rejected the offer and declared war on Serbia on July 28 1914 It was expected to be a quick victory The western front Germany had a war plan witch had been prepared by Alfred von Schliffer in 1905 Schliffen was the chief of the German General staff witch was a group of officials who provided advice on military operations The plan assumed Germany would have to fight both France and Russia a quick defeat of France while Russia was slowly mobilizing After they defeated France they would have to deal with Russia If war came Germany would have to strike first After the plan was put in motion the system of military alliances almost assured a general European war The plan said that there was suppose to be 2 wing of the German army to come in and crush the French arm in a pinchers move The left wing would be smaller to
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