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How 'Willy' and 'Nicky' failed to avert WWI

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In the four days before World War I broke out, the Russian tsar and his cousin the German emperor -- "Willy" and "Nicky" as they nicknamed each other -- traded telegrams in a last-ditch bid to save peace, even as their army chiefs readied for battle.  

This file picture of a postcard released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows German Emperor Wilhelm II (R) and his cousin Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, some weeks prior the outbreak of WWI

On July 29, 1914, a day after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, Russia's Nicholas II sent the first of these oddly surreal English-language telegrams to Wilhelm II, pledging his affection and commitment to peace.

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