Emperor (Kaiser) Wilhelm II was one of the people most responsible for the World War I. He was hasty and combative in nature, sometimes causing bombastic incidents.
On this day the famous German Emperor Wilhelm II, one of the people most responsible for the World War I, was born. He was hasty and combative in nature, sometimes causing bombastic incidents. Interestingly, his mother was the eldest daughter of the famous British Queen Victoria. Indeed, her name was also Victoria, and young Wilhelm was born as the first grandson of the aforementioned British Queen. Later Wilhelm, as emperor, went to visit his grandmother in London and on that occasion he wore the uniform of the famous British Admiral Nelson.
Wilhelm’s birth was especially difficult for his mother. Namely, it was a breech birth and complications happened. During birth, his left arm was severely injured. Erb’s palsy i.e. damage of the arm’s main nerves occurred, which made his left arm useless and shorter than the right. On photographs Wilhelm tried to conceal his damaged arm, so he can often be seen holding it on the hilt of the sword, holding it with his right arm, or hiding it behind his body. There is a theory that this disability also caused problems in his emotional development.