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In this lecture, I would like to summarize the circumstances of the fall of the Austro-Hungarian chief of staff, Field-Marshal Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf in 1917. Conrad (1852-1925) was chief of staff from 1906 to 1911, and then again from 1912 to 1917. He was the longest serving chief of staff on either side during the war. His memoirs and records are an obvious, if poorly known source of the Great War. Although he managed to stay in the army, and remained a remarkable commander until the summer of 1918, Conrad´s career was doomed to failure from the point he was removed from his position as chief of staff. His successor, Arthur Arz, could not replace Conrad, but Arz´s personality was more suitable for Emperor Charles I, who wanted to make peace as soon as possible. I am looking for the answers to the following questions: Which events caused the end of his carrier? Why did Emperor Charles choose to remove Conrad?