It's June 28, 1914 and 19-year-old Serbian Gavrilo Princip made history. And how.
By killing one of Europe's most insignificant monarchs, Princip plunged the world into a war that cost thirty-eight million casualties including 25% of the Serbian army.
I bet he didn't see that one coming.
The Serb forces were depleted after the Balkan wars and were sorely under-manned and under-equipped at the outset of the Great War. Overwhelmed by the Bulgarians, Serb forces were nearly devoured and had to flee into neighboring Albania.
Enormous amounts of Serbian military materiel were captured by the Bulgarians, including French-made Serbian m.1915 helmets. Those helmets would embark on a long journey which would see them converted into Bulgarian air-defense helmets during World War Two and , eventually, to my helmet gallery.