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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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Finis Austriae?

Finis Austriae?

(p.511) Chapter 25 Finis Austriae?
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter describes events following Emperor Charles' assumption of the supreme command in 1916. On 24 November, all the military and naval personnel of the monarchy swore an oath to their new Emperor who made it known informally that he regarded the domination of the German military in his Empire's affairs as unwelcome. By now, not only the supreme command of the combined armies lay with the German Kaiser. Following their collapse during the Brusilov offensive, Austro-Hungarian units on the Eastern front were becoming increasingly integrated with German units, and were beginning to lose their separate identity. The discussions cover Charles' coronation in Budapest; the Entente's rejection of Habsburg peace feelers; Charles' opposition to Lenin's insertion into Russia; the Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo; political unrest in the monarchy; Conrad's military reforms in 1917; French President Clemenceau's efforts to undermine the Austro-German alliance; and Charles's request for an armistice for his war-weary army.

Keywords:   Austria-Hungary, Austro-Hungarian army, Emperor Charles, German Kaiser, Germany, monarchy, Lenin, Russia, Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo, Clemenceau

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