7 July and after: Rapid action from Vienna
Posted on July 5th, 1914 by admin
7 July and after: Rapid action from Vienna, as desired by the Germans, is highly unlikely. As well as the need to persuade Tisza to agree to an unacceptable ultimatum, many regular troops are on harvest leave. Future leave is cancelled. Those on leave are not recalled because of the negative economic impact it would have.
Also, by co-incidence the French President is on a State visit to Russia from the 20-23 July and it is best to deliver the ultimatum after he has left so the Russians and French do not have the chance to co-ordinate their reactions. [More]