Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Count Mensdorff to Count Berchtold, 25 July 1914

On 25 July 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Albert Count Mensdorff (pictured), sent a coded telegram to the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leopold Count Berchtold. In his telegram, Mensdorff informs Berchtold of the opinion of the British Press regarding the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia.

Albert Count Mensdorff

Albert Count Mensdorff

Count Mensdorff to Count Berchtold. London, 25 July 1914.

Cyphered.

English Press on the crisis.

Papers are most anxious; they are considering the situation to be exceedingly serious. Majority recognises justice of our demands, but Point 5, the brusque form, and the shortness of the terms are severely criticised.

Liberal press is in our favour. Times moderate, Morning Post hostile.

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

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