Friday, August 01, 2014

Today In History: Dominoes falling...

On this day, one hundred years ago, in response to (or on the pretext of, your call) Russian mobilization, the German Empire declared war on the Russian Empire and mobilized its armies.


leaddog said...

And thus began a textbook study in "It ain't my fight, I'm staying out of it." that we failed to successfully accomplish. The pain and misery commenced by that failure haunts us to this day.

Anonymous said...

"Everything that's old is new again!" - A Chorus Line


staghounds said...

No, that's a Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager song used in All That Jazz.

Anonymous said...

'Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the coming of the Great War' by R.K. Massie is probably the best researched book on the subject. The German high command wanted the war with Imperial Russia.


Kristophr said...


Wilson promised to:

Keep us out of WWI
Not sign the Federal Reserve Act
Obstruct passage of the 16th Amendment

OK then. A progressive do-gooder showed his stripes.

Joe in PNG said...

Kaiser Bill: "So tell me about this new plan for war with Russia."

Von Schlieffen: "Right, so in case of war with Russia, we invade France!"

Kaiser Bill: "Go on..."

Von Schlieffen: "Now here's the brilliant bit- we invade France THROUGH Belgium, thus pissing off almost everyone!"

Kaiser Bill: "OMG, that is just so BRILLIANT!!!"

Stretch said...

And Europe marched off to commit collective suicide.

Will said...

And the 1919 Flu that killed so many around the world might be laid at our feet, due to our military's involvement. Researchers have traced it to an Army camp here in CONUS(they raised their own food-pigs, etc, in those days).

Hmm, according to wiki, it's still being debated as to origin, though.

Mike said...

I was thinking it was more like the maneuvering Germany did with Austria/Czechoslovakia before WWII.

Tam said...

Thinking what was more like what?

Mike said...

That would be a brain fart on my part. Didn't notice this was a history post rather than a contemporary events post.

I meant the current stand off between Russia and the Ukraine. I just saw "Russia" and my fingers acted of their own accord.

Totes swear.

rickn8or said...

"I thought he was going to hit me so I hit him back first."