Helmuth von Moltke, der Krieg des Westens gegen Russland und das «neue römische Reich»

Erste Veröffentlichung (englisch) in: The Present Age  (Monatszeitung, Basel) Jg.2/Nr. 3 Juni 2016 In seinen Betrachtungen und Erinnerungen, die er im November 1914 in Homburg niederschrieb, machte Helmuth von Moltke klar, dass «die Niederwerfung Frankreichs im ersten Anlauf misslang, der schnellen Hilfeleistung Englands zu verdanken»(1) war. Der britische Außenminister Sir Edward Grey...
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Moltke, the West’s War on Russia & the ‘New Roman Empire’

This article was first published  in The Present Age magazine Vol. 2, No. 3, June 2016   In his Reflections and Memories, written in Homburg in November 1914, Helmuth von Moltke makes quite clear that “Our failure to overwhelm France in the first attack was due to England’s fast intervention”(1). The British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey kept British military plans and...
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Helmuth von Moltke, the West’s War on Russia and the ‘New Roman Empire’

This article was first published in The Present Age magazine Vol. 2 No.3, June 2016 In his Reflections and Memories, written in Homburg in November 1914, General Helmuth von Moltke, Chief of the German General Staff at the outbreak of war in 1914,  makes quite clear that “Our failure to overwhelm France in the first attack was due to England’s fast intervention”(1). The British had been...
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William Shakespear – Saudi Arabian Pilgrim

This article was first published in New View magazine No.75 April-June 2015 Canterbury -  the capital of the English shire of Kent, the shire closest to the European Continent. It was an ancient Celtic and then Roman settlement, where St Augustine arrived from Rome in 597 to convert the Anglo-saxons, beginning with King Aethelbert of Kent, whose Christian wife Bertha was a Frank (another...
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The Poppies of 2014 – Goodbye to All That?

A slightly shorter version of this article first appeared in New View Magazine  #74 Jan – Mar 2015 And so we came to the end of 2014, the centenary  year since the outbreak of the First World War, the catastrophic conflict  which can be said to have opened the actual 20th century, which was a very short century and ended in 1989/90 with the termination of ‘the Soviet...
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A Seasonal Blog – The Christmas Truth, 1914 [External Link]

This is an interesting piece written by Gerry Docherty and Jim MacGregor on the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the current attempt by a British supermarket chain to cash in on the memory of the Truce, from Docherty and MacGregor's blog "Hidden History". Gerry Docherty and Jim MacGregor are the authors of the book Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War (2013), which investigates the activities of the Rhodes-Milner Group in the period 1890-1914 and their influence on British war-planning.
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