• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What was the contribution of Britain to the defeat of Germany in WW1?

Extracts from this document...


What was the contribution of Britain to the defeat of Germany in WW1? Britain contributed to the defeat of Germany in WW1 in several ways, I will write all the reasons and conclude on my thought on which was the most important contribution. The British army in France and Belgium Britain joined the First World War when the Germans invaded neutral Belgium in August 1914. The BEF (British Expeditionary Force) was sent to France to try and defend Belgium and stop the Schlieffen Plan. BEF arrived in France on 21 august and was a small force of 100,00 men. The BEF had experience in the Boer was well trained and equipped. BEF advanced to Mons and delayed the German advance for a full day on 23 august. The Germans suffered heavy casualties, but the BEF retreated as a lack of men. The schlieffen plan depended heavily on speed for success and the BEF action in France and Belgium delayed their plan and gave time for France to launch a counter attack . ...read more.


They also convoyed troops across the channel to enable them to fight on the western front and protected British commerce and shipping. A more offensive role was their attempt to blockade the German coast to starve Germany into defeat. In the early years of the war there were two sea battles. The Germans lost three light cruisers at heligoland in august 1914 and the cruisers blucher at dogger bank in January 1915.by July 1915 allied sea power controlled the oceans so they could gain maximum blockade. By the end of 1916 Germany was suffering from the effects of the blockade and the lack of imported fertiliser resulted in poor harvests which lowered the resistance of the Germans to disease and led to an increase in the death rate within Germany in 1917 and 1918.the most effective action taken by the British government against u boats was the introduction of armed convoys in April 1917.this meant that merchant ships travelled in groups across the Atlantic and were guarded by warships. ...read more.


They were needed as the war lengthened and the work of these 'munitionettes' was important. Woman also did other jobs which they never have done before like mechanics, window cleaner, fire fighters and steel making etc. Conclusion After looking at all the reasons, which contributed, to the defeat of the Germans in WW1 I think that BEF was the most pivotal reason why the German were defeated. I think this because THE Schlieffen plan depended a great deal on the speed of this plan as they were to beat the East and then go fight the West and the BEF managed to delay the plan and eventually the plan failed. This then lead to trench warfare, battles at sea and ground and everything else that happened after the Schlieffen plan. IF the BEF had never intervened there is a big possibility that the Schlieffen plan would have been successful and not lead to the Germans being defeated. The BEF also won the battle for the channel ports which allowed the allies to continue transport troops and supplies to France through these ports. By Alex Coutinho ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. Explain how the Schlieffen Plan was meant to work?

    American troops did not arrive in force in France until early 1918, but the Germans knew that in time American forces would be larger than their French and British Allies. This led the Germans to a gamble that almost won them the war.

  2. To what extent were germany to blame for the outbreak of ww1

    General Von Molkte agreed that war was inevitable and could not be prevented saying "war the sooner the better". More over Tirpitz the Kaisers Chancellor suggested that the "great war" should take place 18 months later in the summer of 1914 to allow the Kiel Canal to be built, thus linking the Baltic Sea to the North Sea.

  1. Select and explain the most important turning points in WW1 between March 1918 and ...

    the war and they didn't see why they should go out on almost a suicide mission just to fight a war which was almost over. This therefore led to citizens demanding a democratic government, which start a revolution spreading throughout Germany, in which the navy, army and workers became in

  2. What was the Contribution of Britain to the Defeat of Germany in the First ...

    So because of Verduns effect on the French army the BEF had to pretty much fight the battle of the Somme alone with half of the anticipated amount of French troops. This battle saw the use of the first tank, which shocked the Germans so, that they retreated.

  1. How Important Was Britain In The Defeat Of Germany In The Second World War.

    The response was tremendous and within two months half a million men aged between 17 - 65 had signed up for the Home Guard. Very quickly Germany had dominated Europe and expected Britain to make peace, Britain refused so Hitler planned to invade Britain - 'Operation Sealion'.

  2. Explain how the Schlieffen Plan was meant to work.

    as well as the German offensive, caused the stalemate to be broken finally. Question 3: The following were equally important reasons why the stalemate on the Western Front was finally broken: * New technology like the tank * The American entry into the war * The blockading of German ports

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work