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(2) Estimates of WWI dead, injured or missing taken from "Source List and Detailed Death Tolls for the Primary Megadeaths of the Twentieth Century"

(3) John Schindler [Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College, formerly NSA]: New Thinking on the Origins of World War I: Foreign Policy Research Institute, May 5, 2014.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMKqPgWJYr8 At 59:14.

(4) Patrick Smith (author) Cockpit Confidential, March 27, 2014: How A Tiny Island Runway Became The Site Of The Deadliest Plane Crash Ever

(4a) Airliners.net Forum, Post #36, citing Die Grössten Flugzeugkatastrophen, a German-printed account of the crash.

(4b) It should go without saying that assessing whether British Empire could have promptly stopped July 1914's political meltdown should be taken as much as a tribute to its monarchical parlimentary government's unmatched nearly 1,000-year-long civil history as any necessarily cold, clinical - surgical - exhumation of its exact actions or inactions from June 28th through July 31, 1914.

"...the nature of decisionmaking in 1914. Beyond all of these questions of individual capabilities and capacities, one need to look at a broad issue of governance. And governance in most countries in Europe is extremely poor. Because we are looking at old, largely exhausted elites that recruit themselves from a very small gene-pool.

"The exception in all this I think is Britain. What is different about Britain is that Britain has system of responsible governance. Responsible to parliment. So there needs to be a rational account that needs to be given to parliment. This is not what governments in Berlin, or in Vienna or in St. Petersburg have to do." Thomas Otte, Professor of Diplomatic History at East Anglia, at 1:08

Otte is right in general about Britain. Unfortunately, he is wrong on the specifics. From June 28th through July 1914 a "rational account" wasn't what the Asquith government in Britain had to do either. There was nothing remotely resembling a "rational account" or "responsible governance." The reconrds of the House of Lords and the House of Commons are wide open for all to see.

From June 28, 1914 through most of July 1914 there was no responsibility to Parliment, the House of Lords was on the 2-month long vacation, and the House of Commons was told virtually nothing about the Austrian-Serbian Crisis then looming. British Prime Minister Asquith had delegated virtually all responsibility for Foreign Affairs to Sir Edward Grey.

Whatever else can be said about the British Maritime Empire's flaws, and indeed much could be said, nevertheless this webite's position is in the life of all 1,000-year-old successful empires, #1 there will be some very big mistakes made, and #2, a month is the blink of an eye.

(5) Famous Quotations on Monarchy: ALMANACH DE SAXE GOTHA. Official Website of the Almanach de Saxe Gotha Online Royal Genealogical Reference Handbook.


(7) The Decline of Bismarck's European Order: Franco-Russian Relations 1875-1890: George F Kennan (U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Yugoslavia, and professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton).

(8) Vernon Bogdanor: Britain and 1914, May 27, 2014

(9) Niall Ferguson: The Pity of War, 1999 at 143, 462.

(10) Sean McMeekin [author, July 1914: Countdown to War](in)
http://www.pieria.co.uk/ articles/interview_with_sean_mcmeekin

(11) Fritz Stern (quoted in) Still in the grip of the Great War: Economist, March 27, 2014.

(12) German Maxim MG08 (Maschinengewehr 08) Machine Gun.

(13) John Schindler [Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College, formerly NSA]
May 5, 2014, New Thinking on the Origins of World War I, Foreign Policy Research Institute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMKqPgWJYr8 [At 1:37:23]

(14) This also explains how, once WWI started, and everybody could see that it was going to be a multiple year-long battle instead of the advertised "home by xmas," there was nobody in power in Europe/Britain who could put a stop to it. The principal officials, out of fear of any responsibility for igniting it, had crushed their roles in the affair and once it started seemed quite powerless to stop it.

(15) McMeekin, Sean: July 1914 Countdown to War: 2014, at 390.

(16) Christopher Clark, Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, Gresham College October 2, 2014

(17) Sean McMeekin [Author, July 1914: Countdown to War] Interview
http://www.pieria.co.uk/ articles/interview_with_sean_mcmeekin

(18) Even in periods of relative world-wide peace such air-raid alerts at NORAD have caused short-lived but very serious problems. In the 1960's NORAD radar indicated a massive Soviet ballistic-missile attack. Senator Charles H. Percy (R. IL) happened to be touring the deep underground Cheyenne Mountain facility, along with Thomas J. Watson, CEO of IBM, and the Galvin of Motorola.

Senator Percy testified all three men were swiftly ushered into a separate room, where they all sweated for over 20 minutes. Senator Percy, who must have been glad to wake up the next day alive, later testified in U.S. Department of Defense Armed Service Committee Hearings that NORAD officers "were absolutely convinced there were missiles coming at us."

The cause of the alert was that computer programmers forgot to include the orbit of the largest nearby non-terrestrial body, the Moon. When the Moon appeared on the horizon that night it showed up on the big display screens inside NORAD as a full-scale Soviet ballistic-missile attack. Another significant false Soviet air raid alert in the later 1970's was caused when a NORAD technician unintentionally put a war training tape into NORAD's real-time computer system.

Yet another false Soviet air-raid alert was caused by a broken "multiplexer." U.S. Senators Barry Goldwater and Senator Gary Hart started a Congressional investigation. DOD's then-point-man Donald C. Latham later testified to Congress the item had cost less than 75 cents. For the most part, NORAD used massive redundant radar systems during these alerts to determine there were no ballistic-missile attacks in progress. Needless to say, the problem of quickly resolving false alarms at NORAD goes into extremis in periods where there is not worldwide peace. Deep discussion of this problem in the open literature is virtually non-existant.

During any Soviet/Russian air-raid there would be only "several minutes" for officials at NORAD using SOSUS radar to detect, for example, submarine-launched ballistic-missiles, which would be quickly discussed in a "missile display conference." The Strategic Air Command's Boeing B-52 Stratofortress nuclear bombers would be rolled off the runway and sent airborne at once so as to escape destruction from possible incoming nuclear detonations.

If NORAD radar continues to indicate incoming ballistic-missiles a "threat assessment conference" is quickly called. NORAD officers race to confirm or deny radar indications of an enemy submarine depressed-trajectory missile launch using redundant radar systems. Depending upon the expected arrival-time of the incoming ballistic missiles, officials at NORAD would presumably contact either the Commander in Chief of the Strategic Air Command at Offut AFB in Omaha, Nebraska, the President's National Security Advisor, or the US Secretary of Defense, and presumably provide a menu of available US ballistic-missile launch options.

Using a "depressed-trajectory" launch from a Russian "Yankee-Class" ballistic-missile submarine off the Atlantic Seaboard, the Father of the US nuclear Navy, Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, testified in US Senate Armed Service DOD Hearings that the Russians could put a nuclear-tipped ballistic-missile in the "Washington area" in "several minutes."

A Russian submarine depressed-trajectory launch is a ballistic missile launched on an extreme low angle so as to both delay early radar detection and shorten the flight-time to Washington DC. "DT" launches more resemble the low-angle flight-path of a cruise missile than ballistic-missiles which normally enter the stratosphere before making a descent.

Such an extreme compression of the warning time from 12 hours (Russian nuclear bombers) to 25 minutes (Russian land-based ballistic-missiles) to "several minutes" (Russian submarines off the US Atlantic Seaboard) leads straight to the question of predelegation of authority to use nuclear weapons. It is a touchy subject, for obvious reasons.

But open source literature indicates there are indeed adequate provisions for insuring the use of nuclear weapons in the event of incapacitation of the president or an attack on Washington. It is logical to assume a more thorough pre-delegation of authority to use nuclear weapons by high-ranking military officers at NORAD, Strategic Air Command HQ, Offut AFB, Nebraska, DOD (Pentagon), SAC Airborne Command Post etc. would, upon any severe uptick in world-wide political/military tensions, presumably begin.

To allow anything more than a very tightly controlled predelegation of authority to use nuclear weapons/launch ballistic-missiles in peacetime is vastly too dangerous. However, wthout the capacity to predelegate the use of nuclear weapons in intense political/military crises, the US would risk neutralization of most of the US nuclear ballistic-missile forces if just one man was attacked. No sane political/military command structure would take such a risk.

The responsibility of officials at NORAD during a false alert in an intense political/military crisis has to be thousands of times more sober and careful than what passes for normal. During an intense world-wide political military crisis, launching by mistake can kill just as many as launching on purpose. US SECDEF William S. Cohen estimated casualties (fatalities only) from a full US/USSR atomic exchange at 4.2B.

(19) Amid chocolate cake and music, the world waltzed off to war: Express, February 2, 2014

(19a) Vernon Bogdanor: Britain and 1914, May 27, 2014

(20) Prince Lichnowsky [German Ambassador the Great Britain]: My Mission to London 1912-14.
See also:

"When I returned to London in December, 1913, from a lengthy leave, the Liman von Sanders question had led to a fresh crisis in our relations with Russia. Sir E. Grey, not without concern, pointed out to me the excitement there was in Petrograd over it : 'I have never seen them so excited.'

"I received instructions from Berlin to request the Minister to exert a restraining influence in Petrograd, and to assist us in settling the dispute. Sir Edward gladly did this, and his intervention contributed in no small degree to smooth the matter over.

"My good relations with Sir Edward and his great influence in Petrograd were repeatedly made use of in similar manner when we wished to attain anything there, as our representative proved himself quite useless for such a purpose.

"During the fateful days of July, 1914, Sir Edward said to me : 'When you want to obtain anything in Petrograd you always apply to me, but if I appeal to you for your influence in Vienna you fail me.'"

"The good and confidential relations which I had succeeded in establishing, not only with society and the most influential people like Sir E. Grey and Mr. Asquith, but also with the great public at public dinners, produced a marked improvement in the relations of the two countries." (Ibid)

(21) Ibid.

(22) Once, in an important debate on Irish Home Rule in the House of Commons, someone shouted 'Where’s Grey?', to which the chorus of response was 'Gone fishing!' He had too." Great War Centenary: Sir Edward Grey - the possible spark for the Great War.

(23) Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) Prime minister of Prussia (1862-73, 1873-90) and founder and first chancellor (1871-90) of the German Empire.

(23a) Vernon Bogdanor: Britain and 1914, May 27, 2014

(24) Lloyd George [British Chancellor of the Exchecquer 1908-1915, Prime Minister 1916-1922]:War Memoirs, 1938, Vol I, Ch 3. https://archive.org/stream/warmemoirsvolume035284mbp/warmemoirsvolume035284mbp_djvu.txt

(24a) Past Foreign Secretaries: Sir Edward Grey, Viscount Grey of Fallodon

(25) Sir Edward Grey: Flyfishing 1899
https://archive. org/stream/cu31924003437849/cu31924003437849_djvu.txt

(26) George V: The Unexpected King and George VI: The Dutiful King – review: Richard Davenport-Hines, 20 December 2014

(27) Recreation: Viscount Grey of Falladon, K.G.: Address Delivered at the Harvard Union, 8 December 1919. https://ia902605.us.archive.org/12/items/recreationbyvisc17956gut/17956.txt

(28) Monaco Motors Blog. Tag Archives: Rolls Royce.

(29) The Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894: Ben Johnson

(30) Sir Edward Grey: Fly-Fishing, 1899.
https://archive.org/ stream/cu31924003437849/cu31924003437849_djvu.txt

(31) | 1915 Mercedes 28/60 HP

(32) France, 1914 and the Artist Historians: Gary D. Doyle

(33) 1914 Mercedes 115HP

(34) Recreation: Viscount Grey of Falladon, K.G. Address Delivered at the Harvard Union, 8 December 1919.

(35) Colonel House's Report to President Wilson, Spring 1914.

(36) The Federalist Papers #6: Alexander Hamilton, 1787:

"The genius of republics (say they) is pacific; the spirit of commerce has a tendency to soften the manners of men, and to extinguish those inflammable humors which have so often kindled into wars. Commercial republics, like ours, will never be disposed to waste themselves in ruinous contentions with each other. They will be governed by mutual interest, and will cultivate a spirit of mutual amity and concord.

"Is it not (we may ask these projectors in politics) the true interest of all nations to cultivate the same benevolent and philosophic spirit? If this be their true interest, have they in fact pursued it? Has it not, on the contrary, invariably been found that momentary passions, and immediate interest, have a more active and imperious control over human conduct than general or remote considerations of policy, utility or justice? Have republics in practice been less addicted to war than monarchies?

"Are not the former administered by MEN as well as the latter? Are there not aversions, predilections, rivalships, and desires of unjust acquisitions, that affect nations as well as kings? Are not popular assemblies frequently subject to the impulses of rage, resentment, jealousy, avarice, and of other irregular and violent propensities? Is it not well known that their determinations are often governed by a few individuals in whom they place confidence, and are, of course, liable to be tinctured by the passions and views of those individuals?

"Has commerce hitherto done anything more than change the objects of war? Is not the love of wealth as domineering and enterprising a passion as that of power or glory? Have there not been as many wars founded upon commercial motives since that has become the prevailing system of nations, as were before occasioned by the cupidity of territory or dominion? Has not the spirit of commerce, in many instances, administered new incentives to the appetite, both for the one and for the other? Let experience, the least fallible guide of human opinions, be appealed to for an answer to these inquiries.[italics added]

"Sparta, Athens, Rome, and Carthage were all republics; two of them, Athens and Carthage, of the commercial kind. Yet were they as often engaged in wars, offensive and defensive, as the neighboring monarchies of the same times. Sparta was little better than a well regulated camp; and Rome was never sated of carnage and conquest.

"Carthage, though a commercial republic, was the aggressor in the very war that ended in her destruction. Hannibal had carried her arms into the heart of Italy and to the gates of Rome, before Scipio, in turn, gave him an overthrow in the territories of Carthage, and made a conquest of the commonwealth.

"Venice, in later times, figured more than once in wars of ambition, till, becoming an object to the other Italian states, Pope Julius II. found means to accomplish that formidable league, which gave a deadly blow to the power and pride of this haughty republic.

"The provinces of Holland, till they were overwhelmed in debts and taxes, took a leading and conspicuous part in the wars of Europe. They had furious contests with England for the dominion of the sea, and were among the most persevering and most implacable of the opponents of Louis XIV.

"In the government of Britain the representatives of the people compose one branch of the national legislature. Commerce has been for ages the predominant pursuit of that country. Few nations, nevertheless, have been more frequently engaged in war; and the wars in which that kingdom has been engaged have, in numerous instances, proceeded from the people.

"There have been, if I may so express it, almost as many popular as royal wars. The cries of the nation and the importunities of their representatives have, upon various occasions, dragged their monarchs into war, or continued them in it, contrary to their inclinations, and sometimes contrary to the real interests of the State. In that memorable struggle for superiority between the rival houses of AUSTRIA and BOURBON, which so long kept Europe in a flame, it is well known that the antipathies of the English against the French, seconding the ambition, or rather the avarice, of a favorite leader, protracted the war beyond the limits marked out by sound policy, and for a considerable time in opposition to the views of the court.

"The wars of these two last-mentioned nations have in a great measure grown out of commercial considerations,--the desire of supplanting and the fear of being supplanted, either in particular branches of traffic or in the general advantages of trade and navigation."

(37) King Edward VII, Prince of Pleasure - Part 2, Jun 1, 2011. Biographers Jane Ridley, Miranda Carter, et. al.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74veChkRA&list=PLDmeihh_o7p_b_Mfi443IL430ezh_hOnr at 20:01. See also: Bertie: A Life of Edward VII: Jane Ridley, 2012, at 376-394.

(38) Marshal Boulanger and the Great Fashoda War: Edward Guimont.

(39) Fashoda Incident. ANGLO-FRENCH DISPUTE, EGYPTIAN SUDAN: The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica

(40) The Fashoda Incident of 1898: Denis Judd, History Today: 3 March 1985

(41) Cited in Fashoda Incident:ANGLO-FRENCH DISPUTE, EGYPTIAN SUDAN: The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica

(42) Cited in The Fashoda Incident of 1898: Denis Judd, History Today

(43) QUEEN VICTORIA: Lytton Strachey 1921

(44) Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria

(45) FOREIGN OFFICE.—(Class II.), HC Deb 10 July 1914 vol 64 cc1383-463

(46) The speed of telegrams between the various capitols on June 28th was unremarkable. By August 1 it had become a flood. The Outbreak of General War, August 1-4, 1914

See also: History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications, Porthcurno Cable Station & Skewjack Cable Station: Bill Glover

(47) Michael Neiberg: Outbreak of War in 1914: A New Look at an Old Problem, 28 Oct. 2016, at 1:43:25 to 1:44:31

(48) McMeekin, Sean: July 1914 Countdown to War, 2014, at 30-31.

(49) Ibid., at 35.

(50) John Schindler [Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College, formerly NSA]
May 5, 2014, New Thinking on the Origins of World War I, Foreign Policy Research Institute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMKqPgWJYr8 At 59:14.

(56) German Maxim MG08 (Maschinengewehr 08) Machine Gun.

(57) "Grey is usually depicted as a gentle, civilised figure who lamented the coming of war in 1914 with unaccustomed eloquence, and wrote find books on birdwatching and fly-fishing. A widower of fifty-two, his personal affairs were less arid than most of his contemporaries assumed. He conducted a lively love life, albeit much more discreetly than his colleague Lloyd George..." Max Hastings: Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

(58) Colonial Folly, European Suicide: Adam Hochschild: Why World War I Was Such a Blood Bath, 28 July 1914

(59) "Henry Ford and his engineers developed many of the crucial principles of modern mass production. The most notable of these was the continuously moving assembly line; its introduction in late 1913 reduced the assembly time of a Model T from 728 to 93 minutes. ['By 1920 the plant turned out a car every minute, and one out of every two automobiles in the world was a Model T.']"

(60) Henry Ford: My Life and Work

(61) Timeline of Transportation

(62) Prosperity On The Edge: Sir Edward Grey and the Crisis of July 1914

(63) Sean McMeekin [Author, July 1914: Countdown to War]: Interview with Sean McMeekin, March 20, 2014
http://www.pieria.co.uk/articles/ interview_with_sean_mcmeekin

(63a) No. 369. Sir E. Crowe to Sir Edward Grey. Private. July 31, 1914. Enclosure in No. 369. Memorandum by Sir E. Crowe, July 31st, 1914.

(63b) ‘The most formidable document’

(64) Ibid.

Harold Denton: Lessons from Three Mile Island: June 21, 2011

(65) First World War: The German Army

(66) Krupp

(67) From brink of civil war, 14 My 2014 https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/from-brink-of-civil-war-1.1786613

(68) Ulster and the Home Rule Covenant

(69) Buckingham Palace Conference ends in failure: Initiative by King collapses after four days. 24 July 1914

(70) The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I: Burton Jesse Hendrick, 1922.

(71) McMeekin, Sean: July 1914 Countdown to War, 2014, at 69.

(72) Assassination of the Austrian heir and wife: Guardian.Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 29 June 1914

(73) Assassination at Sarajevo: BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/ir1/assassinationrev1.shtml (74) [Daily Telegraph Archive] Daily Telegraph June 29 1914: The countdown to war begins as Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo

(75) Edward Grey. Sir Eyre Crowe, memo to Sir Edward Grey, 27 July 1914.

(76) The Daily Mail, 31 July, 1914.

(77) At Home: Daily Telegraph, 1 Aug. 1914, at 8.

(78) King and the Crisis. Daily Telegraph 1 Aug.1914, at 9.

(78a) (quoted in) George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I: Miranda Carter. Ch 17

(79) Sir George Buchanan: My Mission to Russia and Other Diplomatic Memories, 1923, at 189.

(80) http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/search/hotzendorf

(81) http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/search/servia?month=1914-7

(82) Austria and Servia 28 July 1914

(83) E. Grey. FOREIGN OFFICE.—(Class II.), HC Deb 10 July 1914

(84) River retreat of the man who took Britain to war: The Telegraph, Joe Shute, 02 Aug 2014.

(85) Lloyd George: War Memoirs Volume I, 1938.

89 (86) Frank Owen, Tempestuous Journey: Lloyd George and his Life and Times, 1954, at 261.

(87) http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/sittings/1914/jul/20#lords

(88) Austria-Hungary and Servia, 27 July 1914.
See also: http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/sittings/1914/jun/

(89) AUSTRIA AND SERVIA., HC Deb 27 July 1914. The SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir E. Grey).

(90) Sean McMeekin: July 1914: Countdown to War: 2013, at 59.


(96) Niall Ferguson: The Pity of War, 1999 at 154.

(97) 1903 Tour de France, July 1 to July 19, Results, startlist, photos and history.

(98) Timeline of Transportation

(99) Sir Edward Grey on the Cause of the War and the Peace Conditions: Sir Edward Grey (British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs through Edward Price Bell of the Chicago News), The New York Times, Current History, June 1916. http://www.jfredmacdonald.com/worldwarone1914-1918/britain-16siredward-grey-cause.html

(100) The Beijing to Paris Motor Race. Richard Cavendish describes the motor race to Paris which set off from Beijing 10 June 1907.

(101) The Incredible Automobile Race of 1907.

(102) Edwardian Transportation: The Car.

(103) "Motorcabs, informally known as “taxis” were introduced to London in 1907 after the General Motor-cab Company placed one hundred vehicles on the road. By the end of 1907 there were 723 taxis in London, a figure that quadrupled the in the next year. By 1910, there were 4,941 taxis..." Edwardian Transportation: The Car.

(104) Ibid.

(105) Ibid.

(106) Vauxhall 30/98.

(107) Vauxhall History.

(108) Ibid.

(109) 110 Years of Vauxhall.

(110) Mercedes 28/95 hp, 1914 - 1924

(111) The Big Four Eras in the History of British Motoring, 18 Nov. 2013: Monaco Motors Blog.

(112) 1914 Rolls Royce.

(113) "The Battle of the Somme left a deep mark on millions of families across the Commonwealth....It is often remembered for the huge losses on the first day (1 July 1916) but the Somme offensive continued over the following months - a total of 141 days - and men from every part of Britain and across the Empire took part. When it was halted in November, more than 1,000,000 Commonwealth, French and German soldiers had been wounded, captured, or killed."

"Some 150,000 Commonwealth servicemen lie buried in 250 military and 150 civilian cemeteries on the Somme. Six memorials to the missing commemorate by name more than 100,000 whose graves are not known." Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

(114) Posters and postcards of the Méditerranée and Riviera Express before 1914. Southwards in Search of the Sun

(115) National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ, UK: personal correspondence.

(116) "LMS Dining Car. This was a first class coach brought into service by the London North Western Railway. It took part in the Paris Exhibition in 1900 where it won the Grand Prix. The award winning coach was of such a high standard that King Edward VII took it straight into service on the royal train."

(117) "Great Air Race to Paris and Back.... No element of luck entered into Walter Brock's magnificent victory on Saturday... When Brock reached Hendon on Saturday afternoon and regained the Aerodrome, which he had left only that morning, he had earned for himself the proud distinction of being the first pilot to fly from London to Paris and back in a single day...His third successive victory, scored within the space of two months, in the three great aeroplane races of the year, stamps Walter Brock as one of the greatest cross-country pilots of the day." The Daily Telegraph, Monday, July 13, 1914, at 11.

(118) "By the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, 1,588 flights had carried 10,197 fare-paying passengers."

(119) http://www.airships.net/delag-passenger-zeppelins/
See also: "Zeppelins began with civilian use in 1909 and before World War I a total of 21 Zeppelin airships were made."
“The Zeppelin LZ 17- Sachsen was a German civilian passenger-carrying rigid airship first flown on 3 May 1913. It has transported 9,837 passengers in 419 flights, travelling 39,919 km. Later it was taken over by German military upon outbreak of World War I in 1914.”

(120) 1909 Blitzen-Benz

(121) Benz “Lightning Benz” 200 hp racing car.

(122) Margot Asquith: the stylish 'unbeauty' who won the Prime Minister's heart: The Telegraph, 29 October 2014

(123) A. Adonis: Reviewed: Edwardian Requiem - a Life of Sir Edward Grey by Michael Waterhouse, May 2, 2013

(124) "By fighting Germany in 1914, Asquith, Grey and their colleagues helped ensure that, when Germany finally did achieve predominance on the continent, Britain was no longer strong enough to provide a check to it." Niall Ferguson: The Pity of War, 1999 at 461.

(125) Ibid. at 160.
See also: "While Europe burned, responsibility for foreign affairs was transferred to the War Office. Grey, by and large, fished. His records show him on the [River] Itchen for much of the season in 2015, and 2016 when Lloyd George replaced Asquith’s cabinet." River retreat of the man who took Britain to war: The Telegraph, Joe Shute, 02 Aug 2014.

(126) A. Adonis: Reviewed: Edwardian Requiem - a Life of Sir Edward Grey by Michael Waterhouse, May 2, 2013

(127) King and the Crisis: Daily Telegraph 1 Aug.1914, at 9.

(128) Niall Ferguson: The Pity of War, 1999 at 163.

(129) The Guardian: In Europe 1914 every leading player had his hand on a smoking gun: Richard Norton-Taylor, July 31, 2014.

(130) "August 2 [1914]. Herbert Henry Asquith’s weekend has been ruined. The 62 year old prime minister had planned to go away with Miss Venetia Stanley (26), but the crisis is keeping him in London."

(131) April 27, 2012: The priapic PM who wrote love letters to his mistress as he sent a generation off to die in the trenches.

(132) The Right Honorable Viscount Grey: The Conflict for Freedom, 1918.

(133) Colonel House meets with British foreign secretary in London

(134) Queen Victoria to Viscount Palmerston., THE TIMES AND PRUSSIA, Windsor Castle, 25th October 1861: The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861, by Queen of Great Britain Victoria, Edited by Arthur Christopher Benson and Viscount Reginald Baliol Brett Esher

(135) Trading places: The UK, Germany and France, 21 January 2013: BBC

(136) QUEEN VICTORIA, By Lytton Strachey, 1921

(137) Marie Belloc Lowndes: His Most Gracious Majesty King Edward VII, London, 1901, at 51.