Afternoon, Potsdam: The Kaiser calls for the Chancellor and his military advisors
Posted on July 27th, 1914 by admin
Afternoon, Potsdam: The Kaiser calls for the Chancellor and his military advisors including Moltke to meet him at Neues Palais. Bethmann has his first audience with the Kaiser since 5 July.
The latest reports from Russia are contradictory. Russian mobilisation in some military districts is near certain, yet Pourtalès reports Sazonov seems to have lost his nerve possibly as a result of information from Paris and London. The Russian leaders appear to be wavering.
Bethmann also gives the Kaiser a copy of Lichnowsky’s latest dispatch but he deliberately omits the section reporting London’s warning that Russia cannot possibly allow Austria to invade Serbia. He has also removed Lichnowsky’s warning that Germany’s policy of localisation is an illusion.