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How the Schlieffen Plan was meant to work.

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How the Schlieffen Plan was meant to work The Schlieffen plan was Germany's plan of action should war be declared on them by the Triple Entente (The alliance of Britain, France and Russia). It was devised between 1905 and 1906 by Count Alfred Von Schlieffen, a German field marshal. The main aim of the plan was to avoid fighting a war on two fronts, so they could concentrate all of their forces in one place, and overwhelm the enemy. ...read more.

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The Germans did not in the slightest fear the British army, which the Kaiser described as "contemptibly small". In actual fact they did not even expect them to enter the war. British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston signed a covenant in 1839 promising to defend Belgium should they be invaded. It was called the 'Treaty of London'. The Kaiser insisted that they wouldn't be dragged into a war over what he called "a scrap of paper", after all, it was signed over 70 years ago. ...read more.

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The plan was based on many assumptions, one of which was that Russia would be slow to mobilise its army, and would take longer than six weeks, by which time they would hopefully have captured France. They believed this because they knew that Russia was a very large country, and that their communications were fairly poor. Another assumption that the plan hinged on was Belgium's small army not providing much resistance, so they could march through to France quickly. However it became clear by August 1914 that the Schlieffen plan was outdated, and was based on too many assumptions to be successful. ...read more.

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