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WORLD WAR I COURSE WORK How the Schlieffen Plan was supposed to work. Germany thought that war with Russia was very likely in 1914 and Germany thought that if the war did break out then France would attack Germany as well as she was both an ally of Russia and wanted the defeat in her Franco-Prussian war. Germany wanted to avoid this as they would have a war on two fronts and Germany wanted to avoid this as much as they could.Germany planned to defeat France rapidly and turn to the eastern front for a major offensive on Russia. The basis outline of the Schlieffen Plan was to defeat France in a time of six weeks. To defeat France they was to, at high speed invade through Belgium. ...read more.


This slowed them down and eventually Germany were invaded by the Russians as they had mobilised more quickly than expected. In Europe the German army was not the biggest but many people agreed it was the most powerful. Already at the start before only war broke out the German commanders had already thought they would have to fight Russia and France at the same time. They assumed Russia would take at east 6 weeks to mobilise. France would be easily defeated in 6 weeks. Belgium would not resist and German attack and that Britain would remain neutral. On 2nd August 1914, the German army invaded Luxembourg and Belgium according to the Schlieffen Plan. ...read more.


Schlieffen planned to use 90% of German military forces to deliver a knock out blow to France. The remaining 10% would defend the eastern border of Germany against Russian attack Von Molkte replaced Von Schlieffen in 1906, and made some alterations to the plan. His version avoided invading Holland, instead concentrating attack through Belgium. According to Von Molkte, the Belgium army would be unable to resist a powerful German military, and German forces would rapidly enter France. The Germany Army Chief of Staff, Alfred von Schlieffen was asked to plan a way of preventing a war on two fronts. His initial plan was produced late in 1905. He believed that it was a priority to defeat France quickly, forcing them to surrender before Russia had a chance to mobilize her armed forces. ...read more.

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