Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Count Tisza to Count Berchtold, 24 July 1914

On 24 July 1914, the Hungarian Premier, Istvan Count Tisza (pictured), sent a strictly private telegram to the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leopold Count Berchtold. In the telegram, Tisza states that he is in favour of an Austro-Hungarian mobilisation.

Istvan Count Tisza

Istvan Count Tisza

Count Tisza to Count Berchtold. Budapest, 24 July 1914.

Cyphered.— Strictly private.

Mobilisation.

I beg Your Excellency to insist in my name, that in case Servia gives an unsatisfactory answer [to the ultimatum] the mobilisation would undoubtedly become necessary. The slightest hesitation would be followed by fatal consequences.

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

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