1914 A.D. The Shot That Started the Great War


Each turning point in history has behind it a story and a set of principal characters whose dilemmas and conflicts form its dramatic coreand whose unique personalities influenced the outcome of events. New facts, often from indigenous sources, have emerged to add to our understanding of these crucial events and these, together with the latest historical research and documented first hand accounts, bring each turning point vividly to life. Exclusive dramatizations carried out at the actual sites of the events, History’s Turning Points provides a fascinating and intriguing new perspective on the significant moments that have changed the world. The Shot That Started the Great War – 1914 A.D. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire arrived with his wife Sophie in the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo on June 28th 1914. His visit is a show of strength to the rebellious Serb Nationalists. That day saw him assassinated with his wife by Gavrilo Princip, an idealistic 18 year old, in the streets of Sarajevo. Their assassination set in motion a chain of events which led rapidly to the outbreak of World War I and the end of an era.