Weapons that triggered World War I to be displayed in London

September 26th, 2008 - 12:59 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 26 (IANS) The weapons used in the assassination of the Austrian Archduke that sparked off World War I will be exhibited for the first time in London starting Sep 30.The pistol and a bomb carried by the men involved in the killing of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914 will be displayed at the Imperial War Museum as part of its ‘In Memoriam: Remembering the Great War’ exhibition.

The exhibition, opening for a year on Sep 30, will mark the 90th anniversary of the armistice that brought the war to an end.

“We hope that (the exhibition) will allow visitors to discover more about the personal experience of those whose lives were shaped by the events of the First World War,” museum’s senior historian Terry Charman told Daily Mail.

Other pieces on display will include the Military Cross awarded to poet and soldier Wilfred Owen and a wreath tossed into the carriage carrying Prime Minister Lloyd George after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

The experiences of 90 individual servicemen, women and civilians will be used to illustrate the key events of the war and its aftermath.

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