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South Burnett Times - - CENTENARY MILESTONES 100 YEARS OF ANZAC -

July 28: Aus­tria-Hun­gary de­clares war on Ser­bia, caus­ing Ser­bian ally Rus­sia to mo­bilise troops against Aus­tria-Hun­gary. July 31: As full-scale Euro­pean war brews, Aus­tralian La­bor leader An­drew Fisher de­clares dur­ing the fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign that Aus­tralia would de­fend Bri­tain “to our last man and our last shilling”. Au­gust 1: Ger­many de­clares war on Rus­sia. Ger­many and the Ot­toman Em­pire sign a se­cret al­liance treaty. Au­gust 1: Italy de­clares its neu­tral­ity, claim­ing its al­liance with Ger­many and Aus­tria-Hun­gary was for de­fen­sive pur­poses only. Au­gust 2: Ger­many in­vades Lux­em­bourg. Au­gust 3: Rus­sian ally France mo­bilises troops, and Ger­many and France de­clare war on each other. Au­gust 4: Ger­many in­vades Bel­gium (whose neu­tral­ity was guar­an­teed by a treaty) in a bid to out­flank France. Au­gust 4: Bri­tain de­clares war on Ger­many, ef­fec­tively mean­ing Aus­tralia is at war too. Au­gust 4: US Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son de­clares neu­tral­ity. Au­gust 5: The Ot­toman Em­pire closes the Dar­danelles.

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