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Explain how the Schlieffen plan was meant to work.

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Explain How The Schliefen Plan Was Meant To Work Germany was extremely ambitious and had an overall plan to rule Europe. Count Alfred Von Schliefen, chief of the general staff of the German army, devised the Schliefen Plan. The first move he wanted to make was to capture France. Germany realised that if France was attacked, then Russia would surly step in and attacks Germany, because France and Russia were allied. Germany could not hold out on two fronts, it was impossible due to lack of manpower and weaponry. It was estimated that Russia would take 6 weeks to mobilise there army as the country was such a vast place, weather and geological conditions made the matter worse, it had a majorly underdeveloped transport system, a poor communications network and the Russian government was not exactly known for their efficiency. ...read more.


The Belgium army was weak and underdeveloped, so it was decided that it would not provide enough, if any resistance. One German general was quoted saying "We could allow them to line the sides of the roads as we pass". Belgium as country was geographically very easy to cross, as it was flat. It also meant that the army was much closer to Paris than if they had gone over the boarder, and seeing though there plan was to encircle the city and everyone in it, this came as a great advantage to them. It was taken on faith that if Paris had been captured; the rest of France would surrender, which was a fairly accurate assumption to make under the circumstances, and they had done before when Paris was captured in 1871. ...read more.


ready to face the Russians. It was believed that the invasion of France would be over and done with within 5 weeks, leaving the Germans enough time to move their troops into position against the Russians. The only problem that seamed to present itself was the fact that Britain had made a pact in 1893 to protect Belgium, but it was believed that the British would not uphold this as it would take too long to move their troops into the country. It would also mean Britain joining the war, something of which they would wish to avoid. It was Germany military arrogance that allowed them to believe that Britain would allow Germany to have control of the important Ports Ostend, Dunkirk Oblong and Calais, even though Calais was only 22 miles from Britain. David Rose 11C ...read more.

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