The First Great Brothers’ War
The First World War was the first continent-wide war between the newly industrialized countries of Europe: starting out as a local war between Austro-Hungary and Serbia, it mushroomed into a world wide conflict involving 32 nations, inflicting incalculable genetic damage on all of the nations involved.
The fundamental cause of the conflict lay in the centuries of conflict in Europe which preceded it: the endless rounds of nationalist wars which had characterized the region for two hundred years, reached a climax in 1914, when the old adversaries squared up once again.
The big difference in this conflict was however that it was the first to be fought with the aid of the massive developments in technology which had occurred towards the end of the 19th and the early 20th centuries. The result was a devastating war which had never been seen before; and, indeed, some aspects were not to be seen again.
If there was a particular starting point for the rash of nationalistic conflicts in Europe, it must be the French Revolution and resulting Napoleonic Wars, starting in 1789. As Napoleon’s armies marched across Europe, the idea of ethnic groups being entitled to their own lands with representative governments, separate and distinct from other nations, was spread in all directions.
It is no co-incidence that many of the modern European nations only started taking on their approximate present day borders at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. In this sense, the existence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was an anachronism in a changing political landscape. Consisting of a multitude of different ethnic, and in some parts, even racial, nationalities thrown together under one royal household was a form of government which was certainly pre-French Revolution style: indeed it smacked of the empire of Charlemagne and of the Holy Roman Empire, and was completely out of pace with the spread of ethnically based nationalism.
Internationally, growing competition between the European nations and a series of conflicts dating back to the beginning of the 19th century resulted in the formation of two great alliances: the Central Powers and the Triple Entente. The Central Powers consisted of Germany, Austro-Hungary and Italy; and the Triple Entente, of Britain, France and Imperial Russia. Against the background of these emerging alliances, all the nations began to invest heavily in armaments, resulting in the creation of large standing armies poised for war.
Indeed, at least three times before the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict did break out: twice over German and French interests clashing in Morocco, and once over the Balkans Wars which saw the Ottoman Turks ejected from all but a small part of Europe. Against this turbulent background came the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Ferdinand, by a Serbian nationalist, Princip, in July 1914.
Turkey enters war
Ottoman Turkey, still smarting at its defeat and ejection from its southern European-held territories during the First Balkan War of 1912, was easily persuaded to join in an attack on Russia, its fiercest rival in Eastern Europe.
Turkish warships eagerly participated with German warships in a naval bombardment of Russian Black Sea ports; Russia, then, declared war on Turkey in November 1914. Britain and France then followed their Russian ally, and by the most bizarre set of circumstances the non-White power that had for so long tried to exterminate the Germans in Austria suddenly found itself allied to that very same nation.
The World Zionist movement, a nationalist Jewish organization founded by European Jews to create a national homeland for Jews in Palestine, saw an opportunity open up with the British occupation of Palestine, and persuaded the British foreign minister, Lord Arthur Balfour, to issue a public promise in 1917 to the effect that Britain would support the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This public promise became known as the Balfour Declaration.
In return for this undertaking, the World Zionist Movement then promised Britain that it would marshal the world’s Jews behind the Allied cause (although how they gave such an undertaking when there were many thousands of German Jews fighting in the German army, remains a mystery) and, more importantly, endeavor to use their influence to bring the United States of America into the war. In this way, considerable pressure was brought to bear on the American government to enter the war against Germany, although by this stage they hardly needed much prompting.
The United States enters the war
While the World Zionist Congress was actively working behind the scenes with the powerful Jewish lobby in the American government, the course of the war at sea presented the American president, Woodrow Wilson, with an opportunity to enter the war against Germany, despite his presidential election campaign having been specifically fought on a non-interventionist ticket.
In February 1917, the US broke off diplomatic relations with Germany and formally declared war in April. The timing of the US entry into the war—virtually simultaneously with the Balfour Declaration—is too good to be coincidental. By June 1917, more than 175,000 American troops were already in France; by the end of the war more than two million Americans had been deployed in France.
Fresh American troops
Waves of fresh American troops captured 14,000 exhausted and virtually starving German troops at Saint-Mihiel, and then pushed on through the Argonne forest, breaking the German lines between Metz and Sedan.
With this major defeat, the German government asked for an armistice in October 1918—this attempt to end the war failed when the American president Woodrow Wilson insisted on negotiating only with a democratic German government. The British then pushed home an attack in Belgium and Northern France and early in November American and French forces reached Sedan. By early November, the Hindenburg line had been broken and the Germans were in disarray.
Racial consequences of the war
The First World War was a bloody, unnecessary and violent struggle which took the lives of over 8.4 million Whites over the space of the four years it was fought: a staggering average of 2 million per year.
France was particularly badly hit: much of the war was fought on its territory and the population went into severe decline: the French government then opened up its borders to North African and Black African immigration to fill up its numbers.
Britain, although weakened, came off the lightest of the Western European powers: her losses, both in material and human terms, were amongst the lowest in Europe, and the British Empire even expanded in size as a result of the annexation of German territories.
The United States of America played a key role in deciding the war: the arrival of fresh, well armed and massive amounts of troops and material played a major role in stopping the final German attack and rolling up the German armies at the end of the war.
The war also saw the final death of the Ottoman Empire which had so long dominated the Middle East. A whole new can of worms was to be opened for the British who found themselves trying to appease both World Zionism and Arab demands for self rule in Palestine: eventually the British would end up fighting a vicious terrorist war against Jewish nationalists in the region.