The Falkirk Herald 1914-1918

1st - 12th August 1914

In the months leading up to the declarations of war at the end of July and beginning of August 1914, the major European powers had organised themselves into power blocs by forming alliances - the most prominent being the Entente Cordiale/Triple Entente (agreements between Britain, France and Russia) and the Central Powers (Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire). Whilst international tensions were high in Europe, a balance of power was maintained with these pacts.

However, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie completely unhinged the situation in Europe. Within a month of their deaths on the 28 June 1914, Austro-Hungary had declared war on Serbia. By August 1914, Europe was at war.

The following articles, taken from the Falkirk Herald's editions between 1st and 12th August 1914, detail how the situation in Europe deteriorated when hostilities began, and how life for the people of Falkirk began to gradually change because of the knock-on effect from Europe.

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Last updated: 25 July 2014 at 16:14