World War 1 Oral Pres.
War can be interpreted as many different things. Involving physical combat, verbal arguments, murder, and much more. World War 1 is an example of one of the major wars in the history of our world that truly has placed a mark on humanity. It demonstrates how war was truly interpreted by the people involved at that certain time and place.
On June 28, 1914, a Serbian nationalist named Gavrilo Princip assassinated Franz Ferdinand the Archduke of Austria, in Sarajevo. One month following the incident, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. The war divided Europe into two armed camps. One side was the Triple Alliance which was made up of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy, and their enemy was the Triple Entente which was made of France, Russia and Great Britain. As other countries began to join sides, the Triple Alliance became known as the Central Powers and the Triple Entente became the Allied Forces.
Most of the action took place in trenches which were dug deep into the ground in zig-zag patterns. Soldiers would spend an average of up to 8 days in these trenches, protecting themselves from gunfire, snipers, diseases, and more. The war was different from previous wars due to the use of efficient machine guns, tanks, and air force. The war ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the parties signed the Armistice and agreed to stop fighting.
Why were the different sides fighting? The major event of the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand triggered the retaliation of Austria-Hungary and its allied countries. A war that resulted in millions of deaths was triggered by death itself.
Death Millions of soldiers were killed purposely during WWI thus meaning that this war did in fact involve murder between fighting parties and there was the intent to not just harm, but kill.
What happened after the war? The war may have ended with a signed truce, but it also lead to another major war which was World War 2. This proves that war will always be present in humanity and that war will never be avoided forever.