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

Explain how the Schlieffen Plan was meant to work.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Richard Godley Great Marlow (52435) Modern World History 1937 Essay Questions Word Count: 966 7. Explain how the Schlieffen Plan was meant to work. The Schlieffen Plan was devised so that Germany could successfully invade France by going through Belgium and Luxembourg instead of battling the heavily fortified French areas near Metz. This would all take place within six weeks. If successful, the plan would eliminate the threat of a war on two fronts, giving Germany the opportunity to take large parts of Europe. However, this would have been a master plan if there were no flaws. As clever a plan it was, mistakes were made and the costs phenomenal During the late 1800s to early 20th century, Europe was living in a state of tension. Many of the major nations knew that a war was inevitable and so alliances were formed. By 1881, Germany had already signed a pact with Austria-Hungary. ...read more.

Middle

Von Schlieffen presumed that Britain wouldn't go to war 'Over a scrap of paper.' He still kept faith that invading Belgium would be a surprises attack. This a huge mistake. Germany felt that the Schlieffen Plan was absolute and therefore had no backup plan if errors occurred. Another example of Von Schlieffen's complacency was that he strongly believed that because France were defeated in six weeks back in the Franco Prussian War, it was highly possible to do it again. However, times change and Germany suffered the consequences. Britain also stuck by their vow to protect Belgium and Russia was ready to battle much quicker than expected. The plan was meant to work in the shape of a scythe. Cutting through Belgium and curling around the back of Paris. This was decided because the French fortifications between Metz and Switzerland were far too sturdy and powerful to be quickly defeated, if at all. Instead, curling through Belgium and into the back of Paris would be a safer option. However, this was a gamble. ...read more.

Conclusion

A good way of increasing the German army numbers. The train timetables were also altered so that troops could reach the front line in no time at all. However, Britain dismissed the idea of conscription and tried to bring the nation together by encouraging the public to sign up. If they signed in groups they could be assigned to the same station as each other. All the nations wanted to end the fighting quickly because they knew that if they didn't trench warfare would develop and fighting would go on for much longer than hoped. Unfortunately that did just happen and the war lasted for another four years. In conclusion, the Schlieffen Plan was of high quality on pen and paper. However, put into practice it went disastrously wrong. At least it wasn't a complete failure. Germany wasn't defeated. They managed to re-organise and fight for a few more years. Maybe if a backup plan was devised as well, there may have been a difference in the outcome. Overall, the plan was great, the consequences were not. Page Page ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE International relations 1900-1939 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 GCSE International relations 1900-1939 essays

  1. Why did the Schlieffen Plan fail?

    He didn't scrape his troops together ruthlessly." All of these are correct, and they probably played an important part in the failure of the Schlieffen plan, but what about the Allies. Surely they played an important part in the plan's failure?

  2. Free essay

    Explain how the Schlieffen plan was meant to work. How did it end ...

    The stalemate developed on the western front for numerous reasons. Firstly the Schlieffen plan failed because of the type of warfare used on the western front. The warfare used in the great world war was trench warfare. Both sides dug very deep into the trenches, Therefore the soldiers of both sides could fight at ground level.

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

    The Schlieffen Plan did not go as planned because there was unexpected resistance from Belgium (i.e. the Battle of Ypres, Battle of the Somme) and the BEF as well as the rapid mobilisation of Russian troops; in short, this plan was too dependant on too many assumptions.

  2. Explain how the Schlieffen plan was meant to work?

    to fight the Russians so he could avoid fighting on two fronts the western and eastern front.

  1. How was Schlieffen Plan meant to work?

    They would not allow this happen because if Germany does take Belgium over, their empire would extend to a bigger area with more resources, they will be stronger and the empire would be nearer to Britain and France which would create a bigger threat to their safety and their country.

  2. Explain How The Schlieffen Plan Was Meant To Work

    His plan insisted of capturing most of the French army and force France to surrender, rather than damaging industry to weaken French efforts among the war fronts. In order to do so he would collate 90% of his most able troops attend the western front to make an overwhelming assault with Paris as their main goal.

  1. How the Schlieffen Plan was meant to work

    The German Army Chief of Staff, Alfred Von Schlieffen, was given orders to devise a strategy to cope with the imminent joint attack. In 1905, he produced a scheme that would later be known as the Schlieffen Plan. In short, the plan was to attack and defeat France through Belgium

  2. Schlieffen Plan

    Germany started to worry that France might attack them just to get their land back so Germany made good friendship or an alliance with Austria and Russia in 1879, but when disaster struck Austria and Russia were to fall out and Germany were an alliance of Austria, but when Italy joined it was called The Triple Alliance.

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