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Germany Russia, while Germany dealt with France.

Germany
had promised to support Austria-Hungary’s invasion of Serbia, but interpreted
of what this meant differed. Previously tested deployment plans had been
replaced early in 1914, but those had never been tested in exercises.
Austro-Hungarian leaders believed Germany would cover its northern flank
against Russia. Germany, however, envisioned Austria-Hungary directing most of
its troops against Russia, while Germany dealt with France. This confusion forced
the Austro-Hungarian Army to divide its forces between the Russian and Serbian
fronts. As Vienna refused to withdraw the Austro-Hungarian cruiser SMS Kaiserin
Elisabeth from Tsingtao, Japan declared war not only on Germany, but also on
Austria-Hungary; the ship participated in the defense of Tsingtao where it was
sunk in November 1914. Within a few months, the Allied forces had seized all
the German territories in the Pacific; only isolated commerce raiders and a few
holdouts in New Guinea remained. Military tactics developed before World War I
failed to keep pace with advances in technology and had become obsolete. In the
aftermath of the war, four empires disappeared: the German, Austro-Hungarian,
Ottoman, and Russian. Numerous nations regained their former independence, and
new ones were created. Four dynasties, together with their ancillary
aristocracies, all fell as a result of the war: the Romanovs, the
Hohenzollerns, the Habsburgs, and the Ottomans. Belgium and Serbia were badly
damaged, as was France, with 1.4 million soldiers dead, not counting other
casualties. Germany and Russia were similarly affected. A formal state of war
between the two sides persisted for another seven months, until the signing of
the Treaty of Versailles with Germany on June 28, 1919. The United States
Senate did not ratify the treaty despite public support for it, and did not
formally end its involvement in the war until the Knox–Porter Resolution was
signed on July 2, 1921 by President Warren G. Harding. For the United Kingdom
and the British Empire, the state of war ceased under the provisions of the
Termination of the Present War (Definition) Act 1918 with respect to.

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