russia declares war

The Guns of August: War is Declared

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August 1:  Germany declares war on Russia
August 3:  Germany declared war on France.
August 4:  Great Britain declares war on Germany. Canada, as a colony of Great Britain, is also at war. Prime Minister Robert Borden calls to support Great Britain. Canadians rush to enlist in the military.  Germany unleashes the Schlieffen Plan, a military strategy that requires it to invade neutral Belgium on its way to defating France.