Austro-Hungarian railways | 31 July 1914

Austria-Hungary News has reached Vienna that a Russian general mobilisation is underway. Their army must now attempt to transition from their War Plan B (for Continue reading Austro-Hungarian railways | 31 July 1914

Austria-Hungary declares war | 28 July 1914

Diplomacy has failed. The July Crisis is coming to its head. These are melodramatic times, and it’s hard to talk about them without sounding somewhat Continue reading Austria-Hungary declares war | 28 July 1914

Russia supports Serbia | 25 July 1914

The July Crisis is turned on its head today as the Russian government commits itself to supporting Serbia with military force if necessary. I’ve also Continue reading Russia supports Serbia | 25 July 1914

Ultimatum to Serbia | 23 July 1914

The gathering storm is about to break. Today is the day of the ultimatum, the day when the July Crisis changes from being any old Continue reading Ultimatum to Serbia | 23 July 1914

France and Serbia | 22 July 1914

President Poincare continues with his helpful contributions to peace and diplomacy, and Count Berchtold finally gets round to showing his German allies the content of Continue reading France and Serbia | 22 July 1914

Franco-Russian summit | 21 July

The German government singularly fails at acting like a mass of brutally efficient Teutons, bent on war at all costs. Meanwhile, President Poincare does his Continue reading Franco-Russian summit | 21 July

Sir Edward Grey | 20 July 1914

Today we are mostly looking at the position of the British government, and in particular, the Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey. Henriette Caillaux France’s attention Continue reading Sir Edward Grey | 20 July 1914

Russo-French Alliance | Localisation | 17 July 1914

Once again we’re looking at the underlying situation. This time it’s the arrangements between Britain, France, and Russia in 1914; and the German strategy of Continue reading Russo-French Alliance | Localisation | 17 July 1914

President Poincare | 15 July 1914

On a quiet day, we’re investigating the precise position of the President of France, Raymond Poincare, one of the few heads of state to take Continue reading President Poincare | 15 July 1914

Leaking from the top | 14 July 1914

Today is a day of men sitting behind desks or around tables, considering the situation. The German Army is reassured that the French are in Continue reading Leaking from the top | 14 July 1914

Wiesner report | Humbert’s speech | 13 July 1914

Lots of varying arguments today over the complicity, or otherwise, of the Serbian government. Which, incidentally, is an impossible question to answer because you can Continue reading Wiesner report | Humbert’s speech | 13 July 1914

Leaks | 11 Jul 1914

Despite all the desire for secrecy expressed yesterday by various important Austro-Hungarians, their intentions regarding Serbia begin leaking today. We’re also in Paris, where President Continue reading Leaks | 11 Jul 1914

Secrecy | Death of Hartwig | 10 Jul 1914

Holy hell, is there ever a lot of secrecy going round at the moment. We’ll take a look at one of its major manifestations, and Continue reading Secrecy | Death of Hartwig | 10 Jul 1914

The Blank Cheque | 06 Jul 1914

The Kaiser is persuaded to return to his sailing holiday today, as Germany assures Austria-Hungary of its support. The meeting The events of yesterday are Continue reading The Blank Cheque | 06 Jul 1914

Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914

The crisis continues to rumble nastily. First, to Vienna; then, into the recent past. Count Berchtold There is one thing that everyone in Vienna agrees Continue reading Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914

The Black Hand | 01 Jul 1915

The police investigation into the assassination of Franz Ferdinand is blown wide open. The July Crisis is well and truly underway. Danilo Ilic They’ve managed Continue reading The Black Hand | 01 Jul 1915

Count Berchtold | 30 Jun 1914

Having yesterday looked at the most important Serbian figure of the crisis, prime minister Nikola Pasic, today we’ll head to Vienna and do the same Continue reading Count Berchtold | 30 Jun 1914

Assassination of Franz Ferdinand | 28 Jun 1914

It’s only fitting that the trigger for the crisis that launched the First World War should happen in such a bloody stupid way. The chain Continue reading Assassination of Franz Ferdinand | 28 Jun 1914