They had known Serbia would reject the ultimatum. So on the 28th of July 1914 Austria-Hungary confidently declared war on Serbia with Germany’s full backing. Russia was allied with Serbia so began mobilising its troops to help Serbia. On the 1st of August Germany declared war on Russia. If it hadn’t been for Germany, Austria-Hungary would not have been confident enough to start a war with Serbia and Russia.
Germany then declared war on Russia on August 1 but then was immidiately on the way to conquer Paris through Belgium, which they managed on August 4. Germany attacked Belgium even though every country had to sign a treaty that Belgium will stay neutral in the war. Belgium then of course asked Great Britain for help, who where able to stop Germany coming into France. So now Germany was blocked by Great Britain, but they still declared war on Russia which means that they where getting bombed by the Russians and they could not fight back because they where stuck in Belgium. This situation again shows how
The German army had a plan on how they would defeat France before the Russian army were ready to fight, (this was called the Schlieffen Plan), instead of entering France the most predicted way, through the French borderline, they would go through Belgium a neutral country (and taking it), then they would defeat France in 6 weeks, then they would deal with Russia. Britain had been worried about Germany since Kaiser
As you can see there were also many other reasons for the war besides the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. After Serbia declined the ultimatum, the Austro-Hungarian Empire waged war on Serbia on 28th July 1914. Since Russia was allied to Serbia, they announced mobilization of troops in defense for Serbia on August 1st 1914. Germany was allied to the Austro-Hungarians and took the Russian mobilization as a threat and declared war on Russia on August 1st 1914. Since Russia and France were allies and France didn’t like Germany due to the lost war against them in 1870, they declared war on Germany on August 3rd 1914.
The plan calls for the German Army to defeat the French in one felled swoop, and then quickly move to the East to defeat Russia. The biggest problem with the plan is that it never takes into consideration that the French will counterattack successfully to deny large amounts of German troops to move to the East. It also ensures the small amount of German troops delaying the Russians in the east are out numbered. The Germans should have encouraged Austria-Hungary to seek a political resolution to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife in June 1914, instead of writing a blank check to Austria. Germany backing the Austrian punishment of the Serbs was a key mistake in angering Russia, prompting her to mobilize for war.
This showed the Washington’s determination to fight against Communism and to stand up against Moscow no matter what the costs. It was precisely President Truman’s thinking. The formation of NATO was a response to the infamous Berlin Blockade event. America, France and England were stunned and taken by complete surprise when West Berlin was one morning in June 1948, surrounded by troops of the Russian Red Army, and all entries and exits into the city blocked. Although the blockade was resolved in a peaceful manner in May 1949 and Moscow called off the siege, the distrust and hostility between the West and East inevitably widened.
Serbia accepted all but one point of the ultimatum. Consequently war was announced. If given more time Serbia could have discussed the issue further in a conference. The British foreign minister, Grey suggested a conference, but this was rejected by Germany and Austria-Hungary, suggesting that they had deliberate aims for war during the Balkan Crisis, rather than the Balkan Crisis being mismanaged. There was a long-standing rivalry between Austria-Hungary and Russia due to their interests in the Balkans.
HIS 105: Factors Contributing to World War I There were many factors that led to World War I, some detailed below: The assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand (heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire) was a major contribution. He and his wife Sofia were shot while on a visit to Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, by Gavrilo Princip (a member of the Serbian nationalist group called the Black Hand). The Black Hand had a primary objective of forcing the Austro-Hungarians out of Serbia. The assassination caused ricocheting consequences among Europe’s military alliances. Austria declared war on Serbia, which provoked Russia to help the Serbians, which led to Germany declaring war on Russia and France, which triggered England to declare war on Germany.
Therefore, on July 5, the Kaiser offered his full support for Austria-Hungary, essentially issuing a blank check, which would include conflict against Serbia. The Kaiser had decided to place all the responsibilities of dealing with Serbia for Austria-Hungary to decide. Due to the carelessness of the Kaiser, his heavy reliance on the assumption that Russia would be sympathetic would be a factor in the beginning of the war. An upset Kaiser said, “Matters must be cleared up with the Serbians and that soon”. The militarism becomes evident, as the Kaiser was also growing more and more paranoid of Russia’s expanding army.
Austria-Hungary declared war with Serbia on 28 July in 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June in 1914. As Serbia mostly consisted of Slavs, Russia had to protect them in order to protect their own people. As Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, everything changes, and Britain and