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German War Plans Against Denmark 1916–1918

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This chapter firstly uncovers wie es eigentlich gewesen regarding the planning and the German-Danish foreign policy relations. Secondly, it explores why the plans did not materialize. Historical analysis often runs the risk of getting deterministic because it is now known what happened, yet it can be equally interesting to investigate what did not happen. The chapter presents preliminary result of author's research into the German war plans against Denmark. Apart from the mining crisis in August 1914 the Danish-German relations remained stable and peaceful during the first two years of the war. Yet in August 1916 the Germans resumed their war planning against neutral Denmark. This was not caused by any change in Danish-German relations, but was due to developments far away from Denmark. Controversies and quarrels in the German bureaucracy over the Danish question proved to be a recurrent theme in the planning.

Keywords: bureaucratic quarrels; Denmark; German war plans



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