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For God and KaiserThe Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918$
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Richard Bassett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178586.001.0001

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The Military Road to Sarajevo

The Military Road to Sarajevo

(p.413) Chapter 20 The Military Road to Sarajevo
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter describes events leading up to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. While the details of the assassination continue to excite historians, few focus on the peculiar coincidence that so many of the protagonists were wearing the uniform of k. (u.) k. officers. The perspective the Austro-Hungarian army throws on these melancholy events is illuminating. The unfortunate Archduke was a high-ranking military official as well as heir to the throne. Franz Ferdinand would not have been in Sarajevo had he not been attending manoeuvres in his capacity as inspector-general of the army. The invitation and the timing of the manoeuvres had been determined by the General Staff. His host was another high-ranking officer, Oskar Potiorek, and the Archduke's security was in his hands. At two critical moments in the coming days another officer, Erik von Merizzi, Potiorek's ADC would play a significant and unfortunate cameo role.

Keywords:   Archduke Franz Ferdinand, assassination, Sarajevo, Oskar Potiorek, Erik von Merizzi, Austro-Hungarian army

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