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Explain how Moltke modified the Schlieffen Plan.

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History Coursework Natalie Underwood L9 1. Explain how Moltke modified the Schlieffen Plan. The original track set for the Schlieffen Plan was to leave from Germany and attack through Lille; travel through France and head for the destination of Paris. Instead they left Germany and diverted to Antwerp. Then through Louvain, onto Channy, stopping for the battle of Mons (August 1914) and Le Cateau (August 1914) and arriving in Chateau-Thierry. That was only one of the five tracks. Another way was to attack directly through Dina, then on the Chateau-Thierry. One of the armies was to go through Luxemburg but that was where it finished. Von Moltke, aware that the Russians might mobilise quicker than previously expected. Therefore he weakened the right wing by detaching two army corporals from it and sending them to bolster the defence against the Russians on the eastern front. He sent seven divisions of his best troops to guard against a sudden flank attack by Belgian troops from Antwerp and despatched another four to the eastern front to meet Russian forces. ...read more.

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If the picture was clearer, we could give more detail but it just looks like a blur and if we didn't have been given a hint of what the picture could be/is would be able to say how it helps. With both of the pictures it could be misleading but also showing us what happened because the picture of the cavalry charging, it tells you that they are then attacking the enemy and the Source F shows that they were defeated and then retreating and admit defeat. 4. Which of the two German comments on the failure of the failure of the Schlieffen Plan is likely to be more reliable? In my opinion, I think that Source I, the second of the two comments is likely to be more reliable because before the actual comment starts, it gives a description. 'in his memoirs, published in 1919' tells you when the quotes were told/pronounced. Also who; General Ludendorff. Then it goes on to say that this way, his explanation for the failure in 1914. Although the writing is short and brief, it does give the information adequately. ...read more.

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And was scared because the majority of his army had been put on the western front. All that he wished for was, was a quick victory; something that nobody could guarantee. Source E is really that relevant because the only information that it gives is that of the fact that it is the cavalry charging at their enemy. Source F only shows British troops retreating. The fact that it tells us that they are British, helps us know that the Germans are receiving success but also that there is not too much to worry about. Source G does contain some useful information as it says that the Prussian Guard has been defeated which would have probably helped stop with the failure of the Schlieffen plan. Source H also agrees with some of the quote; the French are retreating in good order, which is why the Germans are advancing. So even though in the end the plan failed, it was working in some certain areas. So in truth it does not prove that the quote is accurate. Source I, agrees the most, as it makes out that General Ludendorff is trying to blame their defeat on Moltke. 1 ...read more.

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