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War declared, but it did not break out on August 4, 1914

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

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I DO not propose to enter into correspondence surrounding your content on the Great War, other than to observe that to feature a world changing event, the ramifications of which affected every family in Europe and beyond, and which still colour international boundaries and politics today, seems a very valid subject for reflection.

I would, however, wish to correct a factual error which has appeared in articles in at least the last two issues. World War One did NOT break out on August 4, 1914.

On that date Britain declared war on the Central Powers, but Britain was later than most major participants in declaring war (only the Ottoman Empire and USA were later).

Hostilities commenced with a declaration by the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire on Serbia on July 28, and the immediate shelling of Belgrade across and from the Danube.

Admittedly, at that stage Vienna deludedly thought they were commencing the Third Balkan War, and not that which followed.

Colin M. Cooksey,

Streetly, Walsall.

cookseycolin@gmail.com

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