Learning Curve, The Great War
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A telegram from the British ambassador in Germany to the British Foreign Secretary, 31 July 1914
(Catalogue ref: FO 438/2)
  • The British ambassador in Germany, Sir Edward Goschen, sent this telegram. He was writing to the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey.
  • Europe was very tense at this time. Since the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, tensions between the great powers had been increasing. There were concerns that Austria-Hungary would attack Serbia, leading to Russia helping Serbia. This would then pull France into war on Russia's side and Germany into war on Austria's side.
  • The British were most concerned about what Germany's plans were. Goschen had been asked to find out exactly what Germany was planning for Belgium.
  • As the telegram shows, the Germans were not giving much away.
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