A crowd of people has gathered on the Dvortsovaia (Palace) square in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Russian Tsar Nikolai II comes to the balcony in person to read the declaration of War. The Russian empire declares the war on Germany. The crowd meet the decision of entering into a war with patriotic joy and enthusiasm. Some people hold banners: “Slavic people unite!”, “Let Serbia Live!”, “It is a Slavic Hour now!”, “All for one and one for all!”, “For Motherland!”.
See how it was with these wide screen documentary photos of the event that took place in the capital of Russia on August the 2nd, 1914. Three years before the emperor read another declaration of Abdication – causing Imperial Russia to cease to exist in 1917.