It is morning in Berlin. Wilhelm II meets with senior military figures. He predicts that Russia will make no response to action by Austria-Hungary against the regicidal regime of Serbia. Then he goes off to the Baltic for a yachting holiday.
The Austro-Hungarians Hoyos and Szögyény meet with the Bethmann Hollweg and Zimmermann. The German chancellor agrees that Austria-Hungary must decide on its own course of action vis-à-vis Serbia, but it can count on Germany’s full support in whatever it chooses to do.
Senior German figures seem to see war as unlikely. Falkenhayn, the war minister, writes to Helmuth von Moltke, army chief of staff. Moltke is on leave and Falkenhayn reports that energetic diplomacy seems to be on the cards, not military conflict. Falkenhayn himself then goes on leave.
But in Vienna, General Conrad has convinced Franz Josef that with Germany’s backing they can sort out Serbia. Berchtold now writes to Tisza, telling the Hungarian prime minister of Germany’s backing for war with Serbia, hoping that this will bring him onside.