The Great War Outbreak in Rare Footage

The Telegraph shares a rare vintage reel which captures the Great War outbreak.

Starting with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand which occurred on June 1914 to the declaration of war made by Britain against Germany that very same year, this rare Great War outbreak newsreel captured tumultuous occurrences which paved way and defined the First World War.

The foundations which led to the Great War outbreak was laid before 1914, though. Alliances were already crumbling amidst imperialist and nationalist balderdash. In response, the Great Powers mobilized their whole population in preparation for a mammoth battle.

The killings in the front lines of Europe may arguably have peaked in 1916. Nevertheless, the groundwork for the trenches had already been set up much earlier. Starting in the winter of 1914 and onward, the warring sides of WWI already started digging as a deadlock state became clear for all to see.

The Great war outbreak started a war dubbed as the war to end all wars, but, in reality, was the start of a series of battles including WWII. The Great war outbreak also brought upon the advent of tanks as well as ingenious chemical and air warfare. These are the dark factors that characterized WWI.

Heziel Pitogo

Heziel Pitogo is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE