On June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo occurred the murder of the successor to the throne Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand von Este and her consort Princess Sophie Hohenberg.
This world shattering event changed with lightening speed the position in which our monarchy and with it our ally Germany existed. Serbia has faithfully accomplished the political mission it war accorded, by organizing the assassination and by the political propaganda which proceeded this infamous action. Russia immediately declared it could not let anything happen to Serbia and officially ordered the mobilization that had been going on in secret all along.
France thinking the moment of retribution had come, followed the call of its confederate and the intrigues of England and opened the hostilities by bombing open German cities.
England, which hard stimulated the assault strategy of Russia and France and also had pulled Belgium into the war, now openly joined the enemies of Germany to whom it had already belonged for a long time and entered the war to destroy Germany trade and to dislodge this dangerous rival completely from the world’s oceans.
6//8 preparations of my Regiment BHY in Triest were already far ahead, the rank and file completely warlike dressed and equipped that on the 6th at 1.36 AM the trip to Karlstadt (supply and supplementary station for the advanced nighthour all Triest was on the go, it hailed the columns; the caries of “viva” and “zywro” were constantly heard. The station was solidly packed by people, the parting and warning never ended until the train left the station.
But it also did not miss the tears of the ones directly involved, mostly women and children and I was glad that I spared my family the trip to the station.