inevitable fissures in the national resistance evoked numerous secret offers and counter-proposals. The National Council in Paris focused on demonstrating as illusory the hope that Austria could be effectively detached from her German ally. Actual facts lent credence to the hypothesis. Germany's civilian government was effectively in control of overall policy and in a strong enough military position to make offers of settlement in return for lifting the British blockade. If this halt were to find acceptance in London and Paris, the Habsburg monarchy could be salvaged.