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The day when Europe’s war came to East Africa

Updated: May 12, 2018


On the 28th of July 1914, when the Austrian empire’s army fired the first artillery volleys in preparation of a ground offensive against Serbia, was a chain of events put into motion which saw one world power after the other drawn into what was to become the First World War, aka The Great War. Lasting until the armistice was signed on the 11th of November 1918, it cost over 9 million lives in direct action and many more among civilian populations as a result of hunger, cold and disease as resources were diverted to the war efforts. While the Austrian empire were the first to go offensive, did their ally, the German empire, swiftly follow suit with an invasion of Luxemburg, Belgium and France while in the East Tsarist Russia mobilized its armies.

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