THE FINAL DIPLOMATIC "NOTE" ~ PRECEEDING ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF WAR AND RUMORS OF WAR
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Date: Wednesday, 23-Jul-2014 11:00:24
"The Royal Government of Servia not having given a satisfactory reply to the note presented to it by the Austro-Hungarian Ministry in Belgrade on July 23. 1914, the Imperial and Royal Goverment of Austria-Hungary finds it necessary ... to safeguard its rights and interests and to have recourse for this purpose to the force of arms.
"Austria-Hungary, therefore, considers itself from this moment in a state of war with Servia."
-- FROM CHAPTER 13 OF THE PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE WORLD WAR FOR LIBERTY. Written by Thomas H. Russell, LL.D. and published in 1919 by L.H. Walter. Servia is an older spelling used for Serbia.
The Great War began with all of the Pomp and Circumstance of a procession of European royalty into a regal ballroom, for an evening of twirling and swirling, flirting and fawning, of champagne and fine brandy. The Great War sputtered to a halt some four and 1/4 years later, with Russia destroyed by revolution and bedeviled by factions and civil war, with much of northern France literally destroyed, with massive numbers of casualties of all types on all sides, and millions of people killed.
Austria-Hungary was nearly broke, while three of the warring royal families were either dead broke or just plain dead. The Serbian people, displaced, were literally starving.
Socialism and communist tyranny were just over the horizon.
French soldiers awaiting transportation to the front lines, only miles away from Paris.