“The Three Invasions of Serbia in 1914”
Dr. Shawn Faulkner
Thursday, August 3, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.
With the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, the Austro-Hungarian empire was set on a collision course with the Kingdom of Serbia that ultimately sparked the First World War. This lecture examines why the Austrians invasions of Serbia in 1914 failed to achieve the Hapsburg’s goal of crushing their Balkan enemy. It will also examine how and why a multi-national Central Powers attack decisively defeated Serbia the following year.
Dr. Richard S. Faulkner is a Professor of Military History and has taught at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College for 20 years. He served 23 years in the U.S. Army and commanded a tank company in the 1st Armored Division during Operation Desert Storm. He is the author of The School of Hard Knocks: Combat Leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces (Texas A&M Press, 2012), which was the recipient of the Society for Military History’s 2013 Distinguished Book Award. His second book, Pershing’s Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War I (University Press of Kansas, 2017) received the World War I Association’s 2017 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Prize for the best work of history in English on World War One, the Organization of American Historians’ 2017 Richard W. Leopold Prize, and the Army Historical Foundation’s 2017 Excellence in U.S. Army History Book Award.
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