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Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophia
The June 28, 1914, assassination of Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip set off a chain of events that ended in the outbreak of World War I.
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World War I Leaders
World War I Leaders(16 Photos)
World War I ravaged Europe from 1914 until an armistice was signed in November 1918. In all, more than 9 million soldiers would be killed, and nearly 21 million more wounded.
World War I: Trench Warfare
World War I: Trench Warfare(11 Photos)
Trench warfare reached its highest development on the Western Front during World War I (1914â€“18), when armies of millions of men faced each other in a line of trenches extending from the Belgian coast through northeastern France to Switzerland.
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World War I: Germans Attack U.S. Navy Boats
World War I: Germans Attack U.S. Navy BoatsVideo Clip (2:27)
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After the repeated sinking of American ships, the President declares war. Historic film footage shows some of the first naval battles.
1916 Battle of the Somme
1916 Battle of the SommeVideo Clip (1:36)
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After two years of trench warfare, the Allies attempt to break through German lines on the Western Front. The ensuing battle will last for months and result in more than one million casualties.
U-Boats Sink the Lusitania in 1915
U-Boats Sink the Lusitania in 1915Video Clip (2:04)
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When Germany torpedoes a British passenger ship believed to be smuggling arms, anger at the resulting American deaths increases pressure on President Wilson to enter World War I.
Treaty of Versailles Ends World War I
Treaty of Versailles Ends World War IVideo Clip (1:56)
Video Clip (1:56)
German resentment over harsh peace terms leads to a rise in nationalist sentiment and the eventual rise to power of Adolf Hitler.
Causes of World War I
Causes of World War IVideo Clip (2:17)
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By 1914, military tensions and a series of alliances have Europe on the edge of war. In August, the fuse is lit by an assassination in Sarajevo. By war's end, more than 100 countries would be involved in the conflict.
History of Colt 45
History of Colt 45Video Clip (1:49)
Video Clip (1:49)
In a Mail Call video, R. Lee Ermey answers Carson, a nine-year boy old from Colorado, who asked when the Colt 45 started its service in the U.S. military and when it ended its career. The Colt 45 was invented by gun designer John Browning.
Allies Launch Disastrous Attack at Gallipoli
Allies Launch Disastrous Attack at GallipoliVideo Clip (1:39)
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An ill-fated assault on Turkish forces leads to 500,000 casualties in World War I.
Colt Machine Gun: 'Potato Digger'
Colt Machine Gun: 'Potato Digger'Video Clip (2:40)
Video Clip (2:40)
In this spud-tacular clip from "Mail Call" R. Lee Ermey shows off the 1895 Colt machine gun, also known as the "potato digger".
George S. Patton
George S. PattonVideo Clip (3:20)
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The outspoken and opinionated general leads U.S. troops in both World War I and II.
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Gompers Pledges Labor's Support for World War I
Gompers Pledges Labor's Support for World War IAudio Clip (1:11)
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Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), discusses the effects of World War I on the United States.
General Pershing Rallies Support for World War I
General Pershing Rallies Support for World War IAudio Clip (0:32)
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In a speech recorded from the battlefield in France on April 4, 1918, Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, rallies American support with a patriotic message.
George V Silver Jubilee
George V Silver JubileeAudio Clip (2:22)
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King George V speaks to the crowds gathered in London to celebrate his Silver Jubilee on May 6, 1935.
Ambassador Demands Loyalty From German Americans
Ambassador Demands Loyalty From German AmericansAudio Clip (2:53)
Audio Clip (2:53)
James Watson Gerard, American ambassador to Germany during World War I, gives a notorious speech to the Ladies Aid Society of St. Mary's Hospital in New York in November 1917, calling for German Americans to be loyal to the United States or risk being shipped back to the Fatherland.
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