11.30 A.M. – 2.30 P.M.: Cabinet Meeting Reflecting the military view
Posted on July 29th, 1914 by admin
11.30 A.M. – 2.30 P.M.: Cabinet Meeting Reflecting the military view that if Germany attacks France it will be through Belgium the cabinet discuss the Belgium treaties of 1839 and 1870.
Each signatory of the 1839 Treaty is obliged to act to maintain the neutrality of Belgium even if the others do not but what the action should be is not specified. The cabinet decides British action will be based on policy rather than any treaty obligations. In effect they “decide not to decide” what they will do.
They agree Grey continues his ambiguous stances with France and Germany. He says he will tell Paul Cambon “Don’t count upon our coming in” and he will tell Lichnowsky “don’t count on our abstention”.
Though some members are keen Britain should do nothing “of a provocative character” the cabinet agrees the “Warning Telegram” should be sent to all naval, military, and colonial stations, ordering a state of readiness. [More]