I have read the flawed attempts to try to salvage the October date (and have referred to them in previous posts, but you probably ignored what I said), and they are quite weak. "Obstinacy" is not a word.
Really? I haven't read any. Last time I checked, officially, the WT did not link WW1 and 1914 together per se. What has the society written about this one? I'm kinda curious.
The Watchtower alleges that World War I started during the battle in heaven before Satan was actually cast out:
*** w66 10/15 pp. 621-622 What Has God’s Kingdom Been Doing Since 1914? ***Inasmuch as World War I was already raging on earth when God’s Messianic kingdom was born about October 1, 1914, the war in heaven to oust Satan and his demons must have run for some time along with the international conflict here on earth.
Not only is this view entirely speculative, but it is also inconsistent with the order of events of Revelation 12:7-12.