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Tensions were high in Europe during the earily first years of the last century. Countries formed alligences among themselves agreeing to go to war if any of the, were attacked. All it needed was a spark to light off the powder keg.

That spark came in June 28, 1914. The Empire of Austra-Hungry and Serbia had constant tensions and while on tour of Serbia's capitol Sarajevo an assissin's bullet brought the end of life to the Austrian-Hungry Empires heir to the throne, Archduke Ferdinand.

In retalliation Austria-Hungry declared war on Serbia, causing the Russians to come to Serbia's aid and declare war on Austria-Hungry. Germany, Austria-Hungry's ally declared war on Serbia and Russia causing France and England to declare war on Germany and Austria-Hungry. Thus starting WWI.

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