Tuesday 4 August 1914


Tuesday 4 August 1914Tuesday 4 August 1914 by Ian Ribbons

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been reading this book to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

The war could be said to have started a week earlier, on 28 July 1914, with the Austria-Hungarian Empire’s declaration of war on Serbia. Hostilities actually commenced on 29 July, with the Austrian shelling of Belgrade, but it was only on 4 August that German troops crossed the Belgian frontier, and only on 12 August that Austria actually invaded Serbia. German troops invaded neutral Luxembourg on 1 August, but the Luxembourg army did not resist, and German occupation was accepted under protest, but without fighting.

So 4 August 1914 was the day that rhetoric became reality, the start of the war that would be fought all over the world, and would last four years.

So this book, illustrated by the…

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