The five ringleaders of the asasination o
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The five ringleaders of the asasination o

© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library


The five ringleaders of the asasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand II and his wife Sophie of Austria, 1914. The asasination of Francis Ferdinand sparked the outbreak of the Great War when Austria declared war on Serbia on 28 July 1914. Ferdinand and his wife were visiting Sarajevo and were killed by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist and a member of the secret terrorist organisation 'Black Hand'. Black Hand objected to the Austro-Hungarian Empire's dominance of the South Slavs people. Princip is shown in the centre of the photograph, to his left is Illich, the organiser, and Grabez and to his right is Krancevich.

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