Wednesday, August 2, 2006

2 August 1914

On this date in 1914, the Kaiser's Germany delivered its ultimatum to the Royal Belgian government, demanding free passage through Belgium to invade France. The Belgian government quite naturally refused, and chose to fight, but in due course the guns of the Liege forts would give the Germans a more fitting response. At the same time as the Germans were presenting their ultimatum, they were occupying Luxembourg.
The Pandora's Box of the First World War was now fully opened, and the ordered civilisation of the 19th Century died for good, much to Germany's, to Belgium's and to France's -- as well as to everybody else's -- ultimate chagrin.

2 comments:

louielouie said...

reading in summary your comments regarding this era, as well as the french revolution, it is as though.........you were there?

the question may, or may not, be rhetorical.

reading your post makes me wonder how MSM would have reported the assasination of the arch-duke.

nothing to see here, move along, nothing here..............

El Jefe Maximo said...

Those aren't the droids you're looking for.