The map of Europe on the eve of World War I shows the Central Powers nations and the Triple Entente countries. The Central Powers, which were Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, got united by the Triple Alliance Treaty signed in 1882; this defensive pact formerly included Italy, which broke away from this group just before WWI, however Turkey would join the Central Powers to fight against Russia. On the other hand, the Triple Entente countries were an alliance that included Great Britain, France, and Russia, and would be joined by Italy just before the beginning of hostilities.

Map of Europe in early 1914

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