Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Telegram from the British ambassador to Serbia, Dayrell Crackanthorpe, to the foreign secretary, Sir Edward Grey, 2 July 1914.

In his description of the popular mood in the Serbian capital Belgrade after the assassination on 28 June, Crackanthorpe observes that the primary sensation is one of 'stupefaction rather than of regret'. He also notes the unfortunate timing of Franz Ferdinand's visit to Sarajevo (on the 525th anniversary of the defeat that marked the collapse of the Serbian empire) and praises the restrained attitude of the Serbian government.
Catalogue reference: FO 371/2158 (2 Jul 1914)


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