Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Count Szecsen to Count Berchtold, 22 July 1914

On 22 July 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to France Nikolaus Count Szecsen (pictured with his family) sent a private coded telegram to the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Leopold Count Berchtold. In his telegram, the Ambassador comments on French perceptions of the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia.

Nikolaus Count Szecsen with his family

Nikolaus Count Szecsen with his family

Count Szecsen to Count Berchtold. Paris, 22 July 1914.

Cypher. —Private.

Referring to the decree of the 20th of July, I think I ought to mention that from the local point of view here, the coincidence of our démarche [i.e. step] in Belgrade happening at the same time as the departure of the [French] President from Petersburg, which is fixed for the evening of the 23rd, will he made the subject of much comment and will be regarded in the light of an unfair surprise.

Monsieur Poincaré [i.e. the French President] leaves Kronstadt on the 23rd at ten in the evening, according to the programme, and is to arrive in Stockholm on the 25th at ten in the morning. Telegraphic communication will be difficult during the passage by sea.

 

Source: 1919 Austro-Hungarian Red Book, with minor edits.

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