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First Battles of the Great War - 1914

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    The Balkans was a powder keg with its numerous small countries and its peoples speaking some fifteen plus languages; added to this were the two rival faiths of Christianity and Islam further dividing men. The bulk of the population of the Balkans professed the Greek Orthodox faith that looked longingly at Constantinople – which they regarded as their sacred city. The stage was set for the most terrible conflict the world had ever experienced, for the increased tensions in the Balkans prepared the ground for the assassination of the Austrian heir-apparent Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a seventeen year-old Serb student in June 1914. The spark which ignited the fuse of war. 

    What followed was the most terrible period in the history of the world – the Great War. 

    This magazine looks at the first battles that took place as nations, one after another, tumbled into conflict. Telling the stories of the first battles of 1914 including North Africa, Serbia and France and Belgium and explains how quickly the War to end all Wars as it was described quickly engulfed most of Europe. 

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