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28th July

Today in Gosport’s Past:- not much reported in Gosport, but  on 28th July 1914, the Austro-Hungarians declared war on Serbia, and within a few short days most of Europe had been chucked in at the deep end; Britain declared war on Germany at 7pm on 4th August, effective from 11pm that day. World War One had started, and would soon involve most of the world. I wonder how many realized the enormity of Austro-Hungary declaring war on Serbia? How many thought that a little trouble on the other side of Europe would escalate to the terrible loss of life in such a short space of time? The war lasted for four years, three months and two weeks, not ending until 11am on 11th November 1918. A very short period of remaining peace; the lull before the storm, indeed.