The outbreak of the World War—the declaration of war by Austria-Hungary against Servia rather—found only units of the Austro-Hungarian Navy in readiness to go to sea which had been named in mobilization plan B. This plan, based on the experiences of the 1908 mobilization, when a war with the Slav kingdom seemed imminent, had been worked out by Franz Conrad von Hoetzendorf, the Austrian Chief of Staff, in conjunction with Admiral Anton Haus, commanding the Austrian fleet. In 1913, certain units of the fleet had been definitely designated for use in case of an emergency against Servia and Montenegro.
The Austrian Navy's Part in the Escape of the "Goeben" and "Breslau"
By Beda von Berchem