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One hundred years since World War One

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:39

June 28, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, a global military conflict that killed more than 16 million people and changed the nature of warfare. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The world changed forever on June 28, 1914. And on Saturday, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of World War One's outbreak. ...A conflict that killed more than 16 million people and changed the nature of warfare. This Vienna museum is featuring memorabilia from the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The attack on the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, triggered the war. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM DIRECTOR, CHRISTIAN ORTNER, SAYING: "We have the original car which was used during this visit, and we've got the original uniform the heir was wearing and we've got the original shirt. And additionally, we've got three out of the four pistols that assassins used during this killing." The two deadly bullets were fired by a Bosnian-Serb revolutionary, Gavrilo Princip. And a statue in his honor has been unveiled in Sarajevo. Serbs say Princip was a hero and a freedom fighter, not an assassin. A month after Ferdinand's death, the Austro-Hungarians attacked Serbia and the Great Powers got involved in the conflict soon afterwards. Millions of men signed up to fight in the trenches. The war introduced new technology. And with it, a wide array of newer, deadlier weapons -- including mines and submarines, sending casualty numbers soaring beyond the worst nightmares of previous conflicts. Bloodshed that can never be forgotten.

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One hundred years since World War One

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:39