26/7/1914 Austria-Hungary prepares for war – Austro-Hungarian style!

Berchtold meets Tschirschky, the German ambassador. Tschirschky follows the Berlin line of urging swift action on the Austrians. The Germans want a decisive move against the Serbians soon, to forestall the possibility of other powers coming to their aid. But when Berchtold and Tschirschky ask Conrad when he thinks Austria-Hungary should declare war on Serbia, they are flabbergasted. For the Austro-Hungarian commander in chief suggests that any declaration of war be left until the 12th of August, as the army will not ready to commence operations until then.

Berchtold nevertheless decides on an early declaration of war, in the hope that this will deter the involvement of other countries.

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