To coincide with Veterans Day, Somme American Cemetery in France will host a ceremony on November 11, 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I.
But sadly, the world turned around and did the same thing all over again and the second time worse. Although the war began with Nazi Germany’s attack on Poland in September 1939, the United States did not enter the war until after Japan bombed the American Navy fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941.
World War I began in 1914, after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, and lasted until 1918. During the conflict, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (the Central Powers) fought against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States (the Allied Powers).
Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg … Franz Ferdinand thus became one of the wealthiest men in Austria. ….. all contributed to the origins of World War I, which began a month after Franz Ferdinand’s death, with Austria-Hungary’s declared war against Serbia.
While in power, Archduke Franz Ferdinand attempted to restore Austro-Russian relations while maintaining an alliance with Germany. In 1914, a Serb nationalist assassinated him. One month later, Austria declared war on Serbia and World War I began.
What has that to do with America? I am a history major and haven’t figure that one out yet. Maybe a more advance historian can make sense of it but I can’t. I don’t mean to sound callous but when you look at it from a logical standpoint. It made no sense at all. I had male relatives in this war, so they earned me the right to it didn’t make a lick of sense. Other than people wanting to fight just because they can. I mean it didn’t stop the Bolshevik revolution nor the rise of the Nazi Party.
Anyway, a German U-boats sunk a ship carrying Americans and pulled the US into the war.
On May 7, 1915, less than a year after World War I (1914) erupted across Europe, a German U-boat torpedoed and sank the RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner en route from New York to Liverpool, England.
(Almost the same route the Titanic took three years earlier. Seems to me someone would have figured out by then that route wasn’t safe. What did it matter if was icebergs, u-boats or Moby out there.)
Anyway, the US was prompted into joining the war with the battle cry of “Remember the Maine.” That’s a whole ‘nother story.