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Kaiser Wilhelm II

Wilhelm's invasion of France in 1914 succeeded more than did France's invasion of his kingdom, Germany, but it brought stalemate rather than the victory his country expected.  Wilhelm wanted peace, but he deferred to his military and public opinion, people who wanted victory and gains to give meaning for those who had fallen. The almost 300,000 already killed would become 1.7 million.

Narrative: World War to December 1914