The Assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand

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The Assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand

  • Was a critical tipping point in starting the war
  • Sarajevo was in Bosnia which had been overtaken and in the power of Austria Hungary
  • This really angered Serbia
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand was heir to the throne of Austria Hungary
  • 7 Serbs planned to kill him (black hand gang)
  • There were many tried and failed attempts.
  • The Archduke decided to acncel the visit to inspect the troops and wanted to go back another route
  • However no one told the driver about the route change so,
  • Unfortunately, the car stopped in front of Gavrilo Princip, one of the conspirators, who was on his way home thinking he had failed.

  • Princip pulled out a gun and shot at Franz Ferdinand, hitting him in the jugular vein. There was a tussle, during which Princip shot and killed Sophie. By 11.30am, Franz Ferdinand had bled to death.

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