The assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand

On Sunday, June 28th 1914, at approximately 1:15 pm, Franz Ferdinand and his wife were killed in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip. The capital of the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia and Herezgovina. Gavrilo Princip, 19 at the time, a member of Young Bosnia and one of a group of assassins organized by the Black Hand. The royal couple insisted on seeing all those injured at the hospital. After travelling there, Franz and Sophie decided to go to the palace, but their driver took a wrong turn onto a side street, where Princip spotted them. As the car was backing up, Princip approached and shot Sophie in the stomach and Franz Ferdinand in the neck. He was still alive when witnesses arrived to help. His dying words to Sophie were, 'Don't die darling, live for our children.’ Princip had used the Browning .380 ACP cartridge, a relatively low-power round, and a pocket-sized FN model 1910 pistol. Sophie died en route to the hospital.

An eyewitness account of the shooting:


One bullet pierced Franz Ferdinand's neck while the other pierced Sophie's abdomen. ... As the car was reversing a thin streak of blood shot from the Archduke's mouth onto Count Harrach's right cheek. Harrach drew out a handkerchief to stop the gushing blood. The Duchess, seeing this, called: "For Heaven's sake! What happened to you?" and sank from her seat, her face falling between her husband's knees.
Harrach and Potoriek ... thought she had fainted ... only her husband seemed to have an instinct for what was happening. Turning to his wife despite the bullet in his neck, Franz Ferdinand pleaded: "Sopherl! Sopherl! Sterbe nicht! Bleibe am Leben für unsere Kinder! - Sophie dear! Don't die! Stay alive for our children!". Having said this, he seemed to sag down, himself. His hat fell off; many of its green feathers were found all over the car floor. Count Harrach grabbed the Archduke by the uniform collar to hold him up. He asked "Leiden Eure Kaiserliche Hoheit sehr? - Is Your Imperial Highness suffering very badly?" "Es ist nichts - It is nothing" said the Archduke in a weak voice. He seemed to be losing consciousness during his last few minutes, but, his voice growing steadily weaker, he repeated the phrase perhaps six or seven times.
A rattle began to issue from his throat, which sunk as the car drew in front of the Konak bersibin (Town Hall). Despite several doctors' efforts, the Archduke died shortly after being carried into the building while his beloved wife was almost certainly dead from internal bleeding before the motorcade reached the Konak.


The car Franz was killed in
The car Franz was killed in
A bridge near the assination
A bridge near the assination
Arcduke Fran's bloody uniform
Arcduke Fran's bloody uniform

ThomasS
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