The Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
Archduke Ferdinand was an
inspector of the Austria -Hungarian Army. In June 1914 he and his wife Sophie
were invited to Bosnia, by the governor to watch his troops maneuver. When they
arrived they were going to the City Hall for an official reception, On their
way down there someone from the crowd threw a bomb and it hit the wheel of the
car they were in. It killed 2 of the people that they were in the car with.
After the reception Ferdinand asked about them and insisted that he go see them
in the hospital. On the way there the driver took a wrong turn and as he went
to turn around a guy standing at the corner of the street stepped forward, drew
his gun, and within 5 feet it fired into the car several times. Ferdinand got
hit in the neck and his wife in the abdomen. Shortly after they were shot, they
were taken back to Konak and died a little while later from their wounds. After
shooting the assassin was ordered to turn the gun on himself. As he did, someone standing behind him held him back until the police arrived and he was arrested.
Franz Ferdinand and Dutchess Sophie
at Sarajevo on 28th June, 1914.