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(1920) [MARC] Author: Anatolij Nekljudov - Tema: War, Russia
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preventive Krieg” appeared in the Cologne Gazette, this
article was fathered, amongst us, on to Baron von Lucius.
The article advocated making war on Russia and France
before the two countries should have completed their
armament undertaken with the obvious intention of
attacking Germany. It was said that this was the
opinion of the Crown Prince and of the exalted military
circles of Berlin, and Lucius by popularising this idea
was ingratiating himself beforehand with his future

Be that as it may, as soon as I heard that Baron von
Lucius was being sent to Stockholm, I predicted to my
allied colleagues that Herr von Reichenau would not
long remain at the head of the German Legation.
Indeed, six weeks sufficed for the newcomer to supplant
Reichenau gracefully, and to instal himself in his place
as German Minister.

Quick, intelligent, shrewd, and essentially cynical, he
did not take long to collect into his hands all the threads
of German intrigue in Sweden, and to assume the
direction of this intrigue. He possessed all the means
thereto. A huge staff of assistants and specialists was
added to the German Legation; five counsellors to the
Legation found themselves at the head of five separate
offices installed in vast premises, and were overburdened
with work; one office dealt with trade, the second with
purchases and orders for German re-provisioning, the
third with the Press and propaganda, the fourth with
spying and counter-spying in Sweden and Russia, and
the fifth assumed the general direction of affairs.

Meantime, the Russian Legation was reduced to its
pre-war staff: two secretaries, and the naval, military
and commercial attachés, all three without any private
assistants or even any typewriters under them. It
was not till two years later that our staff was
somewhat reinforced. My allied colleagues were similarly
situated; Sir Esme Howard, over-burdened with work,
did not have a staff large enough to cope with the
enormous amount of work at the British Legation till

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