Battles on the Eastern Front 1914-18: Suicide of the Empires by Alan Clark

By Alan Clark

At the outbreak of struggle in 1914, the armies of the western entrance quickly grew to become slowed down within the dust at Flanders. yet at the large plains and forests of japanese Europe the 3 nice Empires - Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary - grappled in a chain of battles related to thousands of guys and hundreds of thousands of miles of entrance. presently after the outbreak of battle the Russian «steamroller» had lurched into Prussia in simple terms to be hurled again amind the marshes of Tannenberg. For the following 3 years the battling swung indeterminately backward and forward. This paintings describes the campaigns which provoked the downfall of 3 nice empires and left the area replaced endlessly.

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18 In Berlin, the excitement over Villa’s Columbus raid and Pershing’s punitive expedition blew over quickly. 19 The Columbus raid was not the only incident beckoning the Wilhelmstrasse to engage more directly in Mexican affairs. In December 1914, New Orleans–based Felix Díaz, the nephew of the toppled dictator, had approached German officials in Spain through a middleman who said that his boss planned an uprising to reestablish law and order. Capitalizing on his name, Díaz claimed backing from his exiled uncle and inquired whether Germany was willing to support him with $5 million.

10 As the drama of the war unfolded, the United States, though not Mexico, was very much on Montgelas’ mind. “I only pray that America doesn’t come in. If she does, we are lost,” he reportedly told Ludwig Stein, foreign policy editor of the Berlin Vossische Zeitung, on the outbreak of war. Specifically, Montgelas worried about the consequences of unrestricted submarine warfare, and the sinking of the Lusitania by a German submarine in 1915 greatly disturbed him. Stein, who saw Montgelas shortly after this incident, “found him in a state of complete collapse with the tears streaming down his eyes.

At the same time, Zimmermann refuted his own candidacy by pointing to his fragile health, his lack of proficiency in foreign languages, and the fact that he was a commoner. In the end, Berlin casually dismissed Jagow’s objection about his lack of oratory— “no problem . . several of your predecessors have not been great orators, either”—and “morally forced” him to accept the appointment. ” 16 Contemporary observers, especially Americans, made much of the fact that Zimmermann was a commoner and deduced that he must therefore be somewhat of a reformer.

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