19 October 1918 - Berlin
Kaiser Wilehlm II, Emperor of Germany, King of Prussia, Margrave of Brandenburg, Burgrave of Nuremberg, Count of Hohenzollern, Duke of Silesia and of the County of Glatz, Grand Duke of the Lower Rhine (etc.) twitched back the curtain - not with his left hand as that had been withered from birth, but with his right. Down on Unter Den Linden the soldiers were singing again, sometimes the Internationale, sometimes other songs, but none of them to his liking. In 1914 they had sang there too - but then it had been Heil dir im Siegerkranz, the German national anthem. This time not patriotism but revolutionary ardour was what inspired them!
He turned back to the situation map. "So Field Marshal, the situation is truly hopeless?". Ludendorf's face was pale and grey, the result of too many sleepless nights and too few answers, "Yes, your majesty, our lines are broken and there is now no reserve to fill them". Kaiser Wilhelm picked up his pen, his pen paused above the abdication notice, and signed it with a shaking hand "There, it is done!"
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