The proclamation of the two emperors (5 November 1916 r.)

The proclamation of the two emperors (5 November 1916 r.)

Undeterred by this, Warsaw activists brought a memorial approved in advance by Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg to Berlin and Vienna., they returned with the promise of the "Kingdom of Poland" permanently tied to both Central Powers, also in terms of the military. This military union was to rely on the use of "Bartek the Victor" right in the spring on the front line. What would it mean to bind Poland to two […] Germanic powers – only the future could explain. 5 November [1916 r.] Wilhelm and Franciszek Józef announced that they were creating an independent Kingdom of Poland ("independent", a never "independent"), no boundaries: for they intended to please the desires of the German annexationists in the west, in the east, irritate Russia as little as possible. The proclamation canceled the NKN's program of joining Congress Poland with Galicia, because also the day before (4 XI) Franz Joseph announced, that it is expanding the autonomy of its crown Galicia. It would be a formation perhaps similar to Croatia in Hungary; Polish-Ruthenian with the German governor, without communication with Cieszyn Silesia.

Counting on the statehood slogan effect, Immediately in both occupations, men were called to join the Polish army; a few more days, and all the amateurs of the war had learned, that the volunteer army is to be temporarily attached to the German army. The legions stayed aside. After all, he felt an important turning point in the fate of Poland, there was no shortage of joyful demonstrations, in Krakow, the legionnaire elite led Piłsudski to Wawel.

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