Headlines from the very start of WWI (1914)

Original publication: The Washington Times (Washington DC)
Categories: 1910s, Events, Newspapers, Politics, War
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Entire books have been written about the causes of and events leading up to World War I, or The Great War, as it was known then. A tangled array of alliances, imperialism, nationalism and more all came to a head in July of 1914 when a Serb by the name of Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Archduke of Austria-Hungary, Franz Ferdinand. This set in motion a complex fall of dominoes which would eventually lead to all of the world’s great powers taking one side or the other, engaging in the first full-scale war to feature deadly 20th century technology.

By the time the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, over nine million combatants were dead, with much of Europe laid to waste. Even though four of the major powers of the war ceased to exist in the aftermath — the German, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires — The Great War would leave unfinished business that would be concluded in its ghastly sequel some 20 years later.

What follows are a selection of 24 consecutive contemporary reports — the front page headlines from the Times in Washington DC — from those tumultuous weeks leading to the outbreak of hostilities that would go on to be one of the deadliest confrontations in human history. – AJW

July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918 (Armistice)

July 26, 1914
Washington times., July 26, 1914
July 27, 1914
Washington times., July 27, 1914
July 28, 1914
The Washington times., July 28, 1914
July 29, 1914
Washington times., July 29, 1914
July 30, 1914
The Washington times., July 30, 1914
July 31, 1914
The Washington times., July 31, 1914
August 1, 1914
Washington times., August 01, 1914
August 2, 1914
Washington times., August 02, 1914
August 3, 1914
Washington times., August 03, 1914
August 4, 1914
Washington times., August 04, 1914
August 5, 1914
Washington times., August 05, 1914
August 6, 1914
Washington times., August 06, 1914
August 7, 1914
Washington times., August 07, 1914
August 8, 1914
Washington times., August 08, 1914
August 9, 1914
Washington times., August 09, 1914
August 10, 1914
Washington times., August 10, 1914
August 11, 1914
Washington times., August 11, 1914
August 12, 1914
Washington times., August 12, 1914
August 13, 1914
Washington times., August 13, 1914
August 14, 1914
Washington times., August 14, 1914
August 15, 1914
Washington times., August 15, 1914
August 16, 1914
Washington times., August 16, 1914
August 17, 1914
Washington times., August 17, 1914
August 18, 1914
Washington times., August 18, 1914

 


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Source publication: The Washington Times (Washington DC)


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