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  • proper n. the countries of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey (or the Ottoman Empire) and Bulgaria who fought against the Allies in World War I

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  • n. in World War I the alliance of Germany and Austria-Hungary and other nations allied with them in opposing the Allies


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  • Party disputes are kept more and more within the narrow limits of peace and war questions by political, economic and social exigencies, and the impression grows every day that the party which makes for peace with the Central Powers will be the one to remain in power.

    Im Weltkriege. English

  • The Germanic nations, known as the Central Powers, which were allied at the opening of the war were the German Empire and the

    The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8) Introductions; Special Articles; Causes of War; Diplomatic and State Papers

  • The Central Powers fared little better and often worse.

    The Bitter End

  • The Central Powers, seeing the inevitable rise in manpower and matériel coming from America, decided that they must do something to break the deadlock.

    The Bitter End

  • Thus Erich Ludendorff, Hindenburg's leading general and strategic collaborator, decided to capitalize on whatever advantage the Central Powers had gained from Russia's withdrawal in 1917 e.g., a shifting westward of German forces, along with needed food and fertilizer.

    The Bitter End

  • But in the end the offensive fell short, with terrible consequences for the Central Powers.

    The Bitter End

  • In return the Central Powers agreed not to seize any more Russian territory, hardly much of a bargain.


  • Dragged into World War I against its will, the United States helped the Allies defeat the Central Powers in the hope that this would allow Americans to live in peace.

    How Wars end

  • A series of offensives in early 1918 achieved initial success but ultimately failed to break the Allied line, and by summer, with the Americans coming in droves, the tide of the war had turned irreversibly against the Central Powers.

    How Wars end

  • First, the Allies wanted to treat the Central Powers harshly in defeat while Wilson wanted to bring a democratized Germany back into the community of nations on generous terms.

    How Wars end


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