VIPs Who Played A Significant Role In World War 1

Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941)

15. Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941)

Also known as Germany’s last Kaiser, Wilhelm became emperor of Germany in 1888 succeeding Frederick II. At the same time, Otto von Bismarck was still Germany’s Chancellor; but two years later Wilhelm II dismissed him, along with his diplomatic policies.

Wilhelm was avidly militaristic and strived zealously to increase the strength of Germany’s armed forces. He showed interest in challenging Britain’s Naval dominance and assigned Admiral Tirpitz to advance Germany’s Royal Navy.

This made conflict with the fact that he held a high-ranking position within the British armed forces, but it was nothing out of the ordinary for the Emperor’s erratic behavior.

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