John Alcock, a member of the Cheadle Branch, Royal British Legion, in conjunction with Cheadle Discovery Centre, has prepared a study of the who, the why, the where, the when and the how of Great Britain's involvement in World War One. The Countdown to War will be published in serial form every week up to and including Wednesday 6th August, each article reflecting the events during that particular week 100 years ago, culminating in the first time the British Army engaged the German Army at Mons in Belgium in late August 2014. Please see the latest submission below.
Austria rejected Serbia's reply.
26th July Austria began to mobilise its forces.
28th July Austria declared war on Serbia
29th July Russia ordered mobilisation of its forces.
30th July Austrian guns began to bombard Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Next week:- War.