The Schlieffen plan was devised by Alfred von Schlieffen. The plan was to invade Belgium which made Great Britain declare war on Germany and then invade France by surprise. The Schlieffen plan worked well for Germany.
HIM Emperor Franz Josef of Austria. Died: November aged Franz Joseph died in the Schönbrunn Palace in 1916 in the middle of the war, two years after the assassination of his heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He is buried in the Imperial Crypt