Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | July 31, 2014

Blogging World War I: July 31, 1914: Germany Gives Ultimata to Russia, France

Russia and Austria-Hungary both ordered general mobilization of their forces on Thursday, July 30.

On July 31, the German government sent the Russian government an ultimatum: stop your mobilization or we will mobilize.

At roughly the same time, Germany sent France an ultimatum asking an assurance of French neutrality in a “Russo-German war.” The German ambassador in Paris delivered the ultimatum to the French government at about 1800, Paris time; the note stated that Germany would mobilize against France if the French government did not give a satisfactory reply in 18 hours.

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