In the World War by Count Ottokar Czernin

By Count Ottokar Czernin

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Do not pretend Germany stood at the height of her success. was real. In this to say that her success is of no moment; but theMjermans were persuaded that they were quite near a victorious end/^that after leaving the Eastern front they would throw themselves on to the Western front, and that the war would end before America had time to come in. Their reckoning was at fault, as we all connection that know German was all But for the to-day. the leading spirit, and generals the will to victory decisions arrived at by Germany against the defection of Austria-Hungary proceeded from that dominant influence.

A firm partisan of the Great-Austria to convert the Monarchy into programme. His idea was numerous more or less independent National States, having in Vienna a common central organisation for all important and absolutely necessary affairs in other words to substitute Federalisation for Dualism. and revolutionary struggles, Now that, after terrible military the development of the former THE WORLD WAR IN 42 Monarchy has been accomplished not be many to a national in contend that the plan is spirit, there can- Utopian.

He was borne to his grave at successes for the Central Powers. vault, and a century seems to a time of great military He lies now in the Imperial have elapsed since his death; the world is changed. Day by day streams of people pass by the little church, but no one probably gives a thought to him who lies in peace and forgotten, and yet he, through many long years, embodied Austria, and his person was a common centre for the State that so rapidly was falling asunder. He is his wife, now at rest, free his son, from all care his friends all die, and sorrow; he saw but Fate spared him the sight of his expiring Empire.

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