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Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (June 1914)

The following is an eyewitness account of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s bodyguard.

He was one of those in the car when the Archduke of Austria-Hungary was shot.

“At that, I seized the Archduke by the collar of his uniform, to stop his head dropping forward and asked him if he was in great pain. He answered me quite distinctly, 'It's nothing!' His face began to twist somewhat but he went on repeating, six or seven times, ever more faintly as he gradually lost consciousness, 'It's nothing!' Then, after a short pause, there was a violent choking sound caused by the bleeding. It was stopped as we reached the Konak."

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