Central Powers

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Map showing the Triple Entente and Allied Powers (green), the Central Powers (orange) and the Neutral Powers (grey).

The Central Powers (German: Mittelmächte; Hungarian: Központi hatalmak; Turkish: İttifak Devletleri or Bağlaşma Devletleri; Bulgarian: Централни сили Tsentralni sili), consisting of Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria – hence also known as the Quadruple Alliance – was one of the two main factions during the First World War (1914–18). It faced and was defeated by the Allied Powers that had formed around the Triple Entente, after which it was dissolved.

The Powers' origin was the alliance of Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1879. The Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria did not join until after the First World War had begun.[1]

References / notes[edit]

  1. Central Powers. Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia. Accessed 18 April, 2017.

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