The Schlieffen Plan

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  • Alfred von Schlieffen comes up with the plan to avoid fighting the war on two fronts. He suggests hammering France before Russia can mobilize, setting up a decoy from the south side, and having a large bulk coming in through the north from Belgium.
  • Alfred von Schlieffen passes away in 1913, and General von Moltke takes his place. He immediately adjusts the plan, putting more troops on the south as he though they were far too weak.
  • Germany demands to pass through Belgium to get to France. This violates the Belgian neutrality, making Britain declare war on Germany, and helps Belgium resist the German push. This slows down the Schlieffen plan and tires the German soldiers.
  • The Germans coming from the south were very successful in their push, forcing France more north. This hurt the Schlieffen plan as they were more prepared for the north push and were rebuffed.
  • The Schlieffen plan is a failure, causing German troops to be stuck in France, tired, weak, and outnumbered. This leads to trench warfare and a long and drawn out war as Germany is too proud to admit defeat.
  • After a long and drawn out war, Germany tried to make a final push which inevitably failed. This led them to sign an armistice, and put an end to the war.
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