The balance of power on the eve of World War I (Entente and Triple Alliance)

Highly professional British Army and Navy;

The inexhaustible human resources of the Russian army, the courage of the Russian soldiers;

BUT Industrial backwardness of Russia, poor development of communications. Corrupt and incompetent leadership of the Russian army; The British army is small. The allies are geographically cut off from each other. The French army was not prepared for a prolonged conflict;

The German army was the best in Europe in terms of training and organization;

The German population was seized by high patriotism and belief in their great purpose.

Highly equipped with heavy artillery, machine guns, submarines, a wide network of railways. The

Austro-Hungarian army was built following the example of the German army.

Strategic preparation for war.

BUT the multinational composition of the Austro-Hungarian army

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