Today is the day it all kicks off in Europe 100 years ago, made more poignant as current troubles in Eastern Europe escalate with the Ukraine worries and Russia. Last night’s news disturbingly declaring NATO increasing military activities in Poland and massing in other Eastern European countries. Worrying times for us too?
Facing what it believed to be intolerable pressures, Germany declared war on Russia on 1 August 1914. The local Balkan war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia now became European.
The German Ambassador to Russia. St. Petersburg, 1 August 1914.
The Imperial German Government have used every effort since the beginning of the crisis to bring about a peaceful settlement. In compliance with a wish expressed to him by His Majesty the Emperor of Russia, the German Emperor had undertaken, in concert with Great Britain, the part of mediator between the Cabinets of Vienna and St. Petersburg; but Russia, without waiting for any result, proceeded to a general mobilisation of her forces both on land and sea.
In consequence of this threatening step, which was not justified by any military proceedings on the part of Germany, the German Empire was faced by…
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