Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassination

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  • I am Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne
  • The Black Hand
  • The First Attempt
  • In 1911 a secret society named "The Black Hand" was formed. They aimed to unite all the Slavs into a single country. They were going to achieve this through terrorism. Their initial aim was to get the Serbs in Bosnia under their control. The Austrians, who took over Bosnia in 1908, were outraged and made a foolish decision to send the heir to the Austrian throne to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia to try and fix the problem.
  • Town Hall
  • Take me and my wife back to the railway staion, it's too danerous
  • The Black Hand made plans to assassinate the Archduke immediately after hearing the news because they knew it would damage the Austrian's prestige. They trained 3 Bosnian students who lived in Serbia, and gave them guns and bombs to use. Their leader was Gavrilo Princip, a nineteen year old boy. A few weeks before the fateful day they crossed the border and made their way to the capital city.
  • The assassination
  • The Archduke and his wife, Sophie, arrived in Sarajevo at 9:30 on the 28th June. They drove towards the town hall in a open roofed car with crowds lining the streets. A member of The Black Hand threw a bomb at the car, but the Archduke saw it coming and deflected it towards a car behind. This caused several injuries.
  • Consequences
  • The driver drove them quickly towards the town hall where Archduke Franz Ferdinand proceeded to shout at the Mayor, as the attack had put his life in danger. Shortly afterwards, he cancelled the rest of the visit and the driver was ordered to take them back to the railwaystation.
  • On their way back, the driver went the wrong way and ended up in a street that was off course. Gavrilo Princip happened to be in that very street. He couldn't believe his luck. He drew out his pistol and fired the two shots that sparked the beginning of WWI.
  • Both the Archduke and his wife died shortly after arriving at a nearby residence. Gavrilo Princep tried to commit suicide but was stopped, arrested and taken to the police station where he was beaten up. From this shocking event, the world could only expect conflict to follow.
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