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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 End of the Old Army

(p.498) Chapter 24 1916–1918
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter details events from 1916–1918. At the beginning of 1916 Conrad was convinced that the year would bring, not just the end of the war, but also a triumphant conclusion of hostilities along with the annexation of Serbia and even Montenegro. But on 7 September 1916, the overall command of all the Central Powers' armed forces was placed in the hands of the German Kaiser. Just over two years into the Habsburgs' last war, Austria-Hungary's military autonomy was at an end. The Generalstab had brought this woeful state of affairs to pass. Because of their consummate and consistent failure to see the reality of the threats to the existence of the Dual Monarchy, they had allowed the monarchy to become a satellite of a military-dominated Germany.

Keywords:   Austria-Hungary, Austro-Hungarian army, World War I, Conrad von Hötzendorf, Serbia, Montenegro, Germany, Dual Monarchy

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