Europe From the Monitor archives: Britain declares war on Germany in WWI

Britain's declaration of war on Germany, 100 years ago today, finished drawing the battle lines for the initial days of the war. The Christian Science Monitor reported as it happened.


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This article originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Aug. 5, 1914. The British declaration was the last in Europe's initial, rapid escalation into World War I. Germany had already declared war on Russia and France, both British allies, and had sent its troops into neutral Belgium in an effort to flank French forces. Austria, Germany's ally, was mobilizing against Russia in the east. The United States had declared itself neutral in the conflict on Aug. 3.