World War I
Chronicle of America's Wars Series
On June 28, 1914, Austrias Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, starting a chain of events that divided the world. What began as a single mans act of rebellion ended in the worlds first global war. After three years of horrific trench warfare that stretched across Europe, marked by the use of poison gases and millions of deaths, American troops entered the war in June 1917. On November 11, 1918, an armistice went into effect and ended the fighting. This was the “Great War” that was supposed to end all wars. Instead, the peace that followed gave rise to World War II.
Reading level: Grade 6
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