What was germanys man-crush on england that you brought up in that meme?
So once upon a time there were a collection of states that were unified by Prussia and then named Germany. A while later, Germany proved itself to be self-efficient & expensive to keep, so Prussia gave Germany some leash before eventually granting it independence (under some terms and conditions).
Now their own nation, Germany’s government and people still look up to Prussia as a strong nation, but do you know who was even stronger? Great Britain!
In the mid-late 1800, Germany wanted to be on good relations with Great Britain, but they were a bit passive-aggressive. Germany piratically begged to be in some sort of European boat festival that Britain hosted annually. Both royalties at the time were family, so Great Britain had no choice to be nice, and let them join in. Then, impress Britain, they built up their navy a bit, but Britain kind of laughed at them, for the ships were small, and brittle.
But, then Germany figured out how to make bigger, better ships, just like Britain. Not liking Germany very much, Britain built up their navy, hoping that Germany wasn’t planning on attacking them. No, no. They weren’t going attack them. They were going to attack France. This is still the 1800′s so no, this isn’t WWI yet.
To impress, and earn Britain’s respect, Germany went down to Africa and half-assed an attack on a small island that France owned, telling them to get off the island, and it was Germany’s now. The French shrugged and warned them to leave, but without France standing down, Germany continued their attack.
Not long later, there were British ships in the distance, and the Germans cheered and laughed, because Britain had come to help them, and kick France’s ass for old-times sake.
But, here’s the thing, to contradict the rest of history, France and Great Britain were at peace, economical allies, and were actively taking steps to leave bloody history in the past…So I think you know where this is going. Britain told Germany to send their soldiers home, or they will defend France’s island, and take out their ships and strand them there. Germany pulled their soldiers without much protest.
Germany then turned away from Britain and started kissing Russia’s ass, even convincing them to go to war with Japan over Korea. But, that only lead to Russia blaming Germany for the Russo-Japanese war later.