The build-up armies, 1900-14
All of the Great Powers, except for Britain, increased the size of their army during this period.
- In 1913 the French raised the period of conscription (compulsory millitary service) from two years to three. the Russians raised theirs from three to three and a half yaers. this change of policy gave both countries more trained soldiers.
- By 1913 the german army was very powerful. Only Russia had more soldiers.
- Britain was the only power that had not introduced conscription by 1914.
The black hands
It is a terrorist group formed in 1910, wanted tounite all serds living in the balkans into a single 'Greater Serbia'. The group was led by a serb colonel by the name of Dragutin Dimitrijevic.
The Black Hands organised groups od bandits and trained assassins. in1911 the group attempted to assassinate the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef