Secret documents still turning up...

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  1. gumbyk

    gumbyk Well-Known Member

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    German WWI mobilization plan wasn't made public until 2004. Document BA-MA RH 61/v.96 was found in a Potsdam army archive during 1996.
     
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    Astonishing news.
    I wonder if we ever see all the documents?
    Cheers
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    I doubt it. Many are deliberately destroyed to avoid future embarrassment.

    For example...
    28 June 1914.
    Serbian terrorist Gavrilo Princip murders Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife.

    20 to 23 July 1914.
    French President Poincare meets with Russian government in St. Petersburg.
    (France and Russia were military allies from 1892 onward)

    Notes and/or official minutes of this international meeting on the eve of WWI have never surfaced despite extensive searches of French and Russian archives. French diplomatic dispatches from St. Petersburg to Paris are also missing for 28 June through 5 July 1914 and for 20 to 23 July 1914 (i.e. period of summit meeting).

    It's possible some documents will eventually surface but I suspect members of the 1914 French and Russian governments took these secrets to the grave.
     
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    I wonder if the documents were really deliberately kept hidden, or just lost in the files, and then found by someone looking for something else.
     
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    Other French diplomatic dispatches for 1914 are properly filed so it's readily apparent the missing French documents are no accident.
     
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    That doesn't prove anything, mistakes happen all the time when it comes to any kind of paperwork.
     
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    Hence the reason for documents to be deliberately destroyed. France and Russia were probably planning to start WWI but we have no absolute proof. Perhaps the French President and Czar Nicholas were simply discussing the price of corn in Iowa a week before mobilizing for war against Germany.

    We have this snippet from Colonel House in a letter he wrote to President Wilson May 29, 1914 while he was in Europe.
    Whenever England consents, France and Russia will close in on Germany and Austria.

    Perhaps that's just a coincidence too. :)
     
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    Whatever fits into your conspriracy theories dave.
     
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    I have posted historical facts. This is a historical forum. What's the problem?
     
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    Your concentration on who mobilized and when is just a smokescreen to cover for the fact that the first country to go across a frontier and invade another country, was Germany, when it invaded Belgium.
     
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    Were we and our products that influential within the highest levels of European leaderships back in those days Dave?

    If there was some evidence to back that I would certainly feel proud. :D
     
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    Food is often a more effective weapon than guns....
     
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    Lutefisk has been known to wipe out whole families. Or at least, start feuds.
     
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    haha...I had to google Lutefisk as I assumed it was a donut lol.
     
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