The Guns of August - Chapters 9 - 10 Summary & Analysis

Barbara W. Tuchman
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Chapter 9: Home Before the Leaves Fall

On August 2, just a short time before the German ultimatum was delivered to Brussels, Sir Grey asked the British Cabinet for permission to dispatch the fleet to defend the French Channel Coast. The Cabinet was still undecided about moving forward with a firm commitment. France accepted war inspiring nationalism among the populace. Belgium was being uplifted by its brave king. The British military was prepared and ready, but the will was lacking. They had done their homework. All the necessary documents to declare war and engage in combat had been prepared years before. Still there was a reluctance. Finally, the Cabinet acquiesced and agreed to Grey’s request. Grey handed the document to Cambon with an assurance of Britain’s intervention if the German naval fleet should violate treaties. England was not prepared to send troops outside...

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