© Incitatus

“You [recruits] have sworn loyalty to me. You have only one enemy and that is my enemy. In the present social confusion it may come about that I order you to shoot down your own relatives, brothers or parents but even then you must follow my orders without a murmur.”
– Kaiser Wilhelm II von Preußen, 23 Nov 1891 speech [Balfour ‘The Kaiser and His Times’ p.158]

“Should you encounter the enemy, he will be defeated! No quarter will be given! Prisoners will not be taken! Whoever falls into your hands is forfeited. Just as a thousand years ago the Huns under their King Attila made a name for themselves, one that even today makes them seem mighty in history and legend, may the name German be affirmed by you in such a way in China that no Chinese will ever again dare to look cross-eyed at a German.
– Kaiser Wilhelm II von Preußen, 27 Jul 1900 to German Expeditionary Force prior to departure for China

“[The unavoidable] racial war, the war of Slavdom against Germandom…[in which the] Anglo-Saxons with whom we are related by common ancestry, religion and civilisatory striving, allow themselves to be used as tools of the Slavs…if this question…cannot be solved by diplomacy, then it will have to be decided by armed force. The solution can be postponed but the question will arise again in 1 or 2 years. The racial struggle cannot be avoided – perhaps it will not take place now, but it will probably take place in one or two years.”
– Kaiser Wilhelm II von Preußen, 10 Dec 1912 Conversation with Swiss Ambassador Arthur de Claparède [Rohl ‘Germany’ in Wilson ‘Decisions of War 1914 p.41]

“Remember that you are a chosen people! The spirit of the Lord has descended upon me, because I am Emperor of the Germans! I am the instrument of the Most High. I am His sword, His representative. Woe and death to all those who resist my will! Woe and death to those who do not believe in my mission! Woe and death to the cowards! Let them perish, all the enemies of the German people! God demands their destruction, God who, through my mouth, commands you to execute His will.”
– Kaiser Wilhelm II von Preußen, 1914 Proclamation to the Eastern Army [Coole (ed.) ‘Thus Spake Germany’ p.108]

“The enemy must be vanquished completely and I will dictate the peace terms at the point of my soldiers’ bayonets.”
– Kaiser Wilhelm II von Preußen, 7 Feb 1915 Address

“Kill as many of the swine as you can.”
– Kaiser Wilhelm II von Preußen Address to 2nd Pomeranian Grenadiers at Lyck [Eastern Front] 14 Feb 1915 [Görlitz ‘The Kaiser and His Court: Diaries of Admiral Georg Alexander von Müller’ 14 Feb 1915]

“I look on myself as an instrument of the Almighty and go on my way regardless of transient opinions and views.”
– Kaiser Wilhelm II von Preußen, 25 Aug 1910 Speech at Königsberg [Balfour ‘The Kaiser and His Times’ p.157]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s