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Britain asked France to name the minimum number of British troops it would like. ” The thousands of British troops sent to the Continent did in fact die in large numbers during the war. Mobilization With war declared, all of Europe prepared for what many thought of as a grand adventure. The soldiers in most of the countries had never seen battle, for Europe had largely been at peace since 1871. But they had heard countless stories about the glory of war and about the honor that would come to soldiers who defended their country.
But others saw the assassination as an opportunity for Austria-Hungary to teach Serbia a lesson and gain more power in the Balkans (a group of counSetting the World on Fire: The Start of World War I 19 Gavrilo Princip: Killer or Hero? Little is known of Gavrilo Princip (1894–1918), whose murder of Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, is said to have started World War I. One of nine children born to a postman in Obljaj, Bosnia, Princip was never a healthy youth. He attended high school in Sarajevo and Tuzla but traveled to Belgrade in 1912 to attend schools that promoted Serbian nationalism.
But Lanrezac’s Fifth Army was driven backward along the Sambre River by the ferocious firepower of German Settling In: The First Years on the Western Front 37 German army marching into Brussels. Reproduced by permission of Corbis Corporation (Bellevue). 38 troops. By August 23, the French army had decided to retreat, leaving the outmanned British to fight the Battle of Mons. The Battle of Mons. The 150,000-man British Expeditionary Force (BEF) had arrived in France not long after the British declared war on Germany.