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July 28, 1914

AUSTRIA-HUNGARY DECLARES WAR ON SERBIA. WORLD WAR I BEGINS

“The intrigues of an enemy filled with hatred force me after long years of peace to draw the sword for the maintenance of the honour of my monarchy, for the protection of its prestige and position of power, for securing its possessions…

I have confidence in My peoples, who in stormy times have always rallied around My throne in unity and loyalty and were always ready to make the heaviest sacrifices for the honour, greatness and power of the fatherland.

– Emperor Franz Joseph, Imperial Proclamation, July 28, 1914

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