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Vilém II. Pruský

Datum narození: 27. leden 1859
Datum úmrtí: 4. červen 1941
Další jména: Kaiser Guglielmo II di Germania

Vilém II. Pruský byl od 15. června 1888 do 9. listopadu 1918 posledním německým císařem a pruským králem. Pocházel z braniborské větve rodu Hohenzollernů, jehož hlavou byl až do své smrti v roce 1941. Wikipedia

Fotka: Emil Hünten, Dorotheum / Public domain

Citáty Vilém II. Pruský

„The war has ended - quite differently, indeed, from how we expected. Our politicians have failed us miserably.“

—  Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Reaction to Hindenburg and Ludendorff's advice that an armistice must be requested (29 September 1918), quoted in Fritz Fischer, Germany's Aims in the First World War (New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 1967), p. 634
1910s

„Shoot down, behead and eliminate the Socialists first, if need be, by a blood-bath, then war abroad. But not before, and not à tempo.“

—  Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Letter to German Chancellor Bernhard von Bülow (1 January 1906), quoted in Fritz Fischer, Germany's Aims in the First World War (New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 1967), p. 22
1900s

„The battle is won, the English have been utterly defeated.“

—  Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Georg Alexander von Müller's diary entry (23 March 1918) after the first German successes of the Spring Offensive, quoted in Georg Alexander von Müller, The Kaiser and His Court (London: Macdonald, 1961), p. 344
1910s

„[The German Legion] which, in conjunction with Blucher and the Prussians at Waterloo, saved the British Army from destruction.“

—  Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Hanoverian regiments (19 December 1903), quoted in The Times (21 December 1903), p. 9
1900s

„Imagine a monarch, holding personal command of his army, disbanding his regiments, sacred with a hundred years of history—and handing his towns over to Anarchists and Democracy.“

—  Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Reaction to the Tsar's invitation (August 1898) to the Hague Conference of 1899, quoted in Robert K. Massie, Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War (London: Pimlico, 2004), pp. 429-430
1890s

„I see that we must strike a balance. We have nearly reached the limit of our powers of resistance. The war must be ended.“

—  Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Remarks made at the meeting of the German warlords at Advanced General Headquarters at Avesnes (11 August 1918), quoted in John Terraine, To Win A War: 1918 The Year of Victory (London: Cassell, 2003), p. 121
1910s

„Either Germanic ideals or Anglo-Saxon ones must prevail. Justice, freedom, honor, and virtue will triumph, or the worship of money. There can be only one victor in this struggle. German ideals are at stake!“

—  Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Speech in the aftermath of the Spring Offensive (18 July 1918), quoted in Fritz Fischer, World Power or Decline (New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 1974), p. 92
1910s

„I regard every Social Democrat as an enemy of the Empire and Fatherland.“

—  Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Speech (14 May 1889), quoted in Michael Balfour, The Kaiser and His Times (London: Penguin, 1975), p. 159
1880s

„[I myself will] never acknowledge an Englishman again for the rest of [my] life, nor wear an English Order on [my] chest. The fellows must be brought to their knees.“

—  Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Georg Alexander von Müller's diary entry (16 September 1914), quoted in Georg Alexander von Müller, The Kaiser and His Court (London: Macdonald, 1961), p. 33
1910s

„There is only one person who is master in this Empire and I am not going to tolerate any other.“

—  Wilhelm II, German Emperor

Speech at Düsseldorf (4 May 1891), quoted in Michael Balfour, The Kaiser and His Times (London: Penguin, 1975), p. 157
1890s

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