Kaiser Wilhelm II

Leading Germany Through World War I

How World War I Started

The main reason for WWI to happen is because of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife. They were both assassinated by a Serbian nationalist who had ties to the secretive military group known as the Black Hand. This tragedy led to the beginning of one of the most horrific wars in history.

How did Wilhelm affect the war?

To the right is a picture of when Kaiser Wilhelm II first took over Germany

Kaiser Wilhelm II was one of the most prominent pieces to leading Germany in the WWI. During the war, he made Bismarck resign. Wilhelm was a very proud and stubborn leader. He didn't like listening to anyone else's ideas of strategies or plans. Other than protecting their land during WWI, Kaiser just wanted to show how strong and powerful the German army was. Wilhelm II reigned as leader of Germany for 30 years, which was considered a long time back when he was king, lasting from 1888-1918.

Below is a video of scenes involved with Kaiser Wilhelm II.

German WW1 Song - Kaiser Wilhelm

Wilhelm's Strategy at War

To the right is a picture of the German army at war in the trenches.

Kaiser Wilhelm II had a very specific way he wanted things done when he was leader. Wilhelm II did not like the idea of going into war, but he knew that it was their only option at this point. With their strong military force, they managed to get by France on the Western Front then started fighting with Russia on the Eastern Front. To get to the Russian territory, they barged through Belgium, who had close ties with Britain. This obviously did not make Britain happy, which soon after declared war on Germany on August 4'th, 1914.

Wilhelm's Actions in WWI

To the left is a picture of Wilhelm II while in reign of Germany.

Kaiser Wilhelm's actions in WWI could never really be described. In 1908, while in reign of Germany, he suffered from depression because of the different situations he was put into as leader of Germany. Wilhelm was never fond of the idea of sending troops into war, but he was being pressured by the army generals to fight in war. Soon after, he declared war on Russia and France.

Kaiser Wilhelm's Resignation

On November 9'th, 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm was forced to resign as leader of Germany. When German citizens heard the news, there was a very mixed reaction. Some citizens were very disappointed to see him leave, after being leader for such a long time. Others were very happy that he resigned because they felt that they needed a new voice to lead their army and country.

The War Finally Comes to a Halt

Only two days after the resignation of Kaiser Wilhelm II, on November 11, World War I finally came to a stop. After this four year war, the leaders of the winning nations gathered outside Paris to work out the terms of peace. The main leader was from the U.S., President Woodrow Wilson. He created the Fourteen Points, which were meant to outline a plan for achieving a lasting peace. This idea did not attract to Britain and France, but then they both agreed on putting the blame on Germany for what happened in the War.

Below is a picture of the Big Four, which included representatives from the United States, Great Britain, France, and Italy.

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My Reaction

When researching this project, it was amazing to see how differently leaders in other countries rule than in the U.S. Kaiser Wilhelm II was a very stubborn leader. He never wanted to accept other peoples ideas or thoughts, even if they were the right choices. I really enjoyed learning more about his personality and the way he carried himself. Also, being able to see the different things that could have happened to stop the war before it got to a massive outbreak.

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