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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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In October, Bulgaria, emboldened by the obvious failure of the Allied armies at Gallipoli, joined the Central Powers and aided in the overrunning of Serbia.
All the members of the War Council agreed that France was the decisive theater, but most believed that little progress could be made there unless the Central Powers were distracted and harmed in other areas.
Nevertheless, by the end of the year, a majority in the British War Council — Asquith, Churchill, Lloyd George, and Haldane — were eager for an alternative: a place where the Allies might attack the Central Powers at a weaker point with a lower cost in blood.
The German peace note, circulated on December 12 and announcing that the Central Powers invited the nations at war to begin negotiations for a peaceful settlement, came as a surprise to everyone.
The human and material resources of the Central Powers were substantially inferior to those of the more populous and industrialized Allied coalition.
By mid-autumn of 1916, Woodrow Wilson believed that American relations with the Central Powers were becoming more amicable.
Spies from the Entente and the Central Powers dodge round the corners.