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Explain How the Schlieffen Plan was meant to Work Schlieffen was the leader and chief of the general staff of the German army. He also created the Schlieffen plan. Alfred Von Schlieffen devised this plan in 1904. The plan started to take place in August 1919. He created it so that Germany would not have to fight a war on two fronts and so they could be stronger because of they fought on two fronts they would have to split their army into two and set them to fight in different parts of their country. Instead, they all fought together and planned to invade two countries at different times so they are stronger. The plan was designed so that Germany would not have to fight on two fronts. ...read more.


against Germany in war and Germany's army and then there would be none of Germany's army over on the western front while their eastern front was being attacked by the Russians. Germany had to capture the channel ports because if they didn't, the British army would go over to France and help them by possibly providing them with supplies or even fighting for them because Britain had a much smaller yet much stronger army than anyone else so if they helped France by fighting off Germany, Germany wouldn't have much of a chance of defeating France in time to get back to the eastern front to fight Russia. Germany thought that it would take Russia six weeks to prepare for war so Germany allowed themselves to spend three weeks to defeat France so they could then have time to travel to the ...read more.


For all Germany knew, Belgium could fight back and not allow Germany to go straight through their country to get to France. Another potential for Germany was that Russia could mobilise a lot quicker than the Germans expected. A man named General Joffre inspired the French armies to resist the German advance, and he rushed reserve troops to the front from Paris, using any form of transport available. He ordered that "a unit which can no longer advance must at all costs retain the ground it has gained and rather than retire, be killed on the spot", therefore, that inspired the French armies to fight until the end and until they all die, if they do this, the Germans might get afraid and give up. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kate Smith History Coursework 1.1 4199 ...read more.

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