High and Lows of World War 1 for Austria-Hungary

By Brielle Smith, Matthew Barker, and Alexandra Farnsworth

1. What caused your country to enter World War 1?

Austria-Hungary entered World War 1 because on June 28, 1914, their heir to the throne Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. He was assassinated by a member of the Black Hand which is a Serbian nationalist secret society.This was the first main outburst of World War 1. As a reaction, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia to demand that the assassins be brought to justice. They then declared war on July 28, 1914.

2. Were the leaders/people of your country satisfied with the terms of the peace treaty at the end of World War 1? Explain.

The leaders of Austria-Hungary were happy with the peace treaty at the end of World War 1 because the start of the war was not blamed on them. It was blamed on Germany and not Austria-Hungary after retaliating to Serbia because Serbian assassins from the Black Hand assassinated Austria-Hungary's heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

3. What were the high points (best moments) and low points (worst moments) for your country DURING World War 1?

Best moments: One of the best moments for Austria-Hungary in World War 1 was in 1916 when they conquered Serbia and Montenegro and pushed the Russians back from Poland. Another best moment was when German and Austrian forces invade and occupy Bucharest. The last two successes for the Austrians, the Romanian Offensive, and the Caporetto Offensive, were German-assisted operations.

Worst moments: One of the worst moments for Austria-Hungary in World War 1 was one of the main causes which was when their heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, got assassinated. Also on July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared the first war on Serbia and someone having to declare war is never a good thing.

The flag of Austria-Hungary