23rd July 1914 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY:  A slippery slope into the abyss…

World Affairs: 

In Russia, the French President finishes his state visit to St Petersburg, and departs for a journey of several days by boat, during which time it will be difficult for him to consult with his allies…

In Germany, the whole German military and political leadership goes on vacation, the intention being that they can feign ignorance if (ie when) the Austrian government delivers its ultimatum to the Serbian government…

In Belgrade, the Austrian ambassador delivers the long expected ultimatum to the Serbs…

and in Austria-Hungary, the Austrian army prepares for war.



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