Vintage Video - Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, 1914

On 28 June 1914 the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated in Sarajevo, setting off the train of diplomatic events that led to the outbreak of war in late July 1914.  (Click here to read a summary of the events that led to war.)

Ferdinand was shot by Serbian terrorist Gavrilo Princip immediately following a reception for the Archduke at Sarajevo's Town Hall.

Use the player above to view film footage of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's arrival at the Town Hall on 28 June 1914.

A 'corkscrew' was a metal post for supporting a wire entanglement, with a twisted base enabling it to be screwed into the ground, removing the need for a hammer, the use of which could attract enemy fire.

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