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German views on the events of 1914 concerning Belgium, reported in 1915
(Catalogue ref: FO 881/10520)
  6a   6b                  
  6a   6b                  
  FO 881/10520; German view of events of August 1914  

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  • Who first used the phrase 'Scrap of Paper'?
  • Why did it not give a good impression in the USA?
  • According to the Chancellor, how was the phrase misunderstood?
  • Why did this misunderstanding happen?
  • According to this document, what forced Germany to march through Belgium?
  • When the Liberals introduced their welfare reforms
  • What accusations does the German Chancellor make about Britain and Belgium?
  • According to this document, was Britain concerned about the best interests of Belgium?
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