1 NO : Germany needed AH only as a pretext for declaring war on Russia .Peter89 wrote: ↑10 Sep 2021 15:49AH was not in the same position as Turkey.
AH was needed by Germany if they were going to be successful against France; AH had to absorb the first Russian blows until Germany wins in the West.
OTOH, AH did not need Germany for its national security, because the AH did not want to go to war against Russia.
2 The simple truth ,which most historians refuse to admit is that AH, Russia and Germany needed each other: none of each had any reason to fight against each other, but a lot of reasons not to fight against each other .
The fall of the Czar would result in a left wing Russian republic that would be very hostile to the Kaiser and FJ .
The fall of the Kaiser would result in the collapse of AH and the creation of anti Russian republics .
3 The only reason why Germany declared war on Russia was that the German socialists would not accept a war with France,without a war against Russia .
And as there were no problems between Russia and Germany, only AH could give Germany the excuse for a DOW on Russia .
4 The Kaiser said to the 7 armies who went to France in August : you will be back (at home ) before the leafs are falling from the trees (thus before October ): this means that there would be no war in the East .
Germany did not need the AH army as protection : the 8th army was sufficient . After the fall of France Russia would immediately give up .The Russian armies who were concentrated against AH in August 1914,could not be concentrated against Germany if AH remained neutral .