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Now, Parr and Ellison lie separated by a few footsteps and 9 million dead soldiers over four years in the cemetery of Saint Symphorien. The jarring contrast of distance and death count symbolizes that, in the Mens Nike Kyrie 1 Asw

The Schlieffen Plan was conceived as a lightning fast operation that would bring German forces into Paris within weeks. It is why the fierce battles around Belgium Liege and Mons have such significance since holding up the Germans for a few days, even in defeat, delayed their operation and deprived them of a swift victory.

With soaring tensions over Ukraine, the causes of World War I have had special resonance this year. A century ago few thought war was imminent until the June 28 killing in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro Hungarian empire.

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It will set off four years of centennial events from the United States to Russia, China to Australia, through Belgium, France, Germany and Britain underscoring that there was hardly a place on the planet untouched by the calamity.

foresee what the war would turn into, said Oxford University historian Margaret MacMillan. if they had known what the war was going to be, four years of huge slaughter, consumption of resources, destruction in many cases of their own societies, they might have thought differently. foresaw the cataclysm that would befall the world the day of Aug. 4 when the conflict erupted in full force with the German invasion of Belgium and the British declaration of war. Both sides believed the war would be over by Christmas. Instead, a battlefront scar would slowly and agonizingly rip across Europe, ravage whole societies and millions of families. It produced a moral wasteland in Germany that would become fertile ground for the rise of Nazism. Four empires would disappear.

It is what gives the death of Parr on Aug. 21, 1914 and some 1,500 British soldiers in Belgium military meaning, said Peter Francis of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

´╗┐European powers started the Great War a century ago

On Sunday, French President Francois Hollande will host his German counterpart Joachim Gauck near their common border in oft disputed Alsace to underline their friendship despite bitterly fighting two world wars in the 20th century. On Monday, Gauck will join Britain Prince William, his wife Catherine and brother Prince Harry at the Saint Symphorien cemetery for a similar remembrance. In Britain, there will be ceremonies in Glasgow and a candlelit vigil at London Westminster Abbey.

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SAINT SYMPHORIEN, Belgium British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of Man Parr, the ironic nickname he won due to his tender age of 17. He became known as the first Commonwealth soldier to die on the Western Front of World War I, likely killed by German gunfire.

Yet those shots fired by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Bosnia Herzegovina carried tragic echoes. A political puzzle of complicated alliances fell into place that inexorably closed in on total war between the alliance of German and the Austro Hungarian empires and the Allied powers of Britain, France and Russia.

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early August days of 1914, few knew what hell the great powers of the age unleashed when they declared war.

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went so quickly from peace to war five weeks, from the assassination June 28th in Sarajevo to a general war on Aug. 4, said MacMillan. you do Nike Metcon 1 Grey Gum feel, you realize what you will be throwing away. People are on summer holidays in these lovely towns. Europe is getting more prosperous and they are about to throw themselves into this catastrophic struggle. a half dozen crises over the five years leading to the Great War, countries had always stepped back from the brink. This time though, had people who had decided for various reasons they were not going to back down. opened the Western Front on Aug. 4, sweeping into Belgium, hoping to overwhelm France before Russia had a chance to mobilize to the east.

was an ordered defeat, if that makes sense, Francis said, is a defeat that bought time. It allowed the Schlieffen Plan to be held up and start to crumble. It was a defeat that bought another day. defeats bought more than that. They bought another week, another Nike Lebron Shoes For Men

Another British private, George Ellison, was already moving to face the Germans in southern Belgium for the first battle of the two empires. He went on to survive the horrific slaughter of the Somme and Passchendaele and came back to the Belgian pastures, where he was shot and killed on Nov. 11, 1918 the last day of the war.

Then as now, global peace and prosperity did not seem an unreasonable expectation.

month. And, in a sense, four more years.

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