When war was declared in 1914, the chief of the Austrian general staff was resigned to defeat. What did he declare, in a letter to his mistress?

Answer: “It will be a hopeless struggle, but it must be pursued because so old a monarchy and so glorious an army cannot go down ingloriously.”

Source: History’s People – Personalities and the Past by Margaret MacMillan

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