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Nibelung Loyalty
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Nibelung Loyalty

(German Nibelungentreue) A name given to the particular loyalty that characterized the alliance between the German Reich and Austria-Hungary. The term Nibelung Loyalty was coined by Reich Chancellor Bülow during a speech before the Reichstag (Imperial Diet) on March 29, 1909. He thereby illustrated the quasi indissoluble loyalty that united the Central Powers in political and military affairs. The statement was made in reference to the tense political situation following the Bosnian Annexation Crisis, during which the relationship between the German Reich an…

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Afflerbach, Holger, “Nibelung Loyalty”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 05 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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