Kaiser Wilhelm II And His Involvement In World War I


Kaiser Wilhelm II And His Involvement In World War I

Kaiser Wilhelm II was the German emperor and the king of Prussia from 1888 to 1918. He was born in 1859 and died in 1941 due to Pulmonary embolism. Also, he was one of the most famous people during World War I, which started from 1914 to 1919. He was reigning as the Emperor of Prussia from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918 after his abdication. His speeches gained respect for him. He has influenced and encouraged many people. He was an ideal for many people. 

Kaiser Wilhelm II And His Involvement In  World War I
Kaiser Wilhelm II And His Involvement In  World War I

Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Involvement in World War I

Wilhelm was never an inclusion in the World War situation. Still, Wilhelm had a close relation with Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. He was assassinated on 28 June 1914, so he got involved in this. Wilhelm supported Austria-Hungary in crushing the Black Hand, the secret organization that had planned the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. 

Wilhelm had sanctioned the use of force against the recognized source of the movement i.e., Serbia. People knew this trick as the blank cheque. It means giving assured promise for something. He demanded to remain in Berlin until the resolution of the crisis. There was a threat to his life there, so his attendants urged him to leave Berlin. So after understanding the fact, he left Berlin. Serbia received the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum in a few days. The telegram was the means of communication between Wilhelm and Berlin in an attempt to stay updated regarding the crisis. 

The Manipulation

Some Austro-Hungarian ministers and generals had convinced the 83-year-old Franz Joseph I of Austria. Some Austro-Hungarian ministers and generals manipulated him to sign a paper. It stated permission for declaration of war against Serbia unknowingly. The battle was declared between Serbia and Austria-Hungary. As a direct action, Russia began to prepare for a general mobilization to attack Austria. It was in defense of Serbia. Serbia had a treaty signed with Russia, which stated that Russia has to help in any action against Serbia. 

Kaiser Wilhelm II And His Involvement In  World War I
Kaiser Wilhelm II And His Involvement In  World War I

On the night of 30 July, Wilhelm received a letter from the Russians. It clearly stated that Russia would not cancel its mobilization. Then, he wrote a commentary replying to it that contained various observations noted by him. Not only this, Wilhelm II declared that people who are weak and ruthless would start a terrifying war in the world. They would have never seen it before whose objective will be the destruction of Germany. He had never lost hope in any part of life.

Conclusion

To conclude, he was one of the men behind the start of World war I. Besides, he had the motivation for it, and that was enough to start a war. He was an essential character for Austria-Hungary to survive in World War I. Also, after two decades, on June 4, 1941, at the age of 82 in the Netherlands where he stayed alone after World War I. 

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