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How the Von Schlieffen plan was supposed to work

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How the Von Schlieffen plan was supposed to work The Schlieffen Plan was created by Alfred Graf von Schlieffen. It was a good plan and should've won the war but Germany didn't count on the British Expeditionary Force. He had started preparing it in 1892 after the franco-prussian war in 1870, where France had been defeated in only a few weeks, Germany had taken Alsace-Lorraine and France were very angry about this and wanted this territory back. ...read more.

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To beat France the plan was this: 1. France wanted Alsace-Lorraine back. 2. Keep a small german army there(Southern army) to lure the main French attack there. 3. He kept 90% in the north (northern army). When the French attacked this army would sweep through France, capture Paris then rush back to defeat the russians. But Germany needed three big things: 1. He needed 90% of the army in the north. ...read more.

Conclusion

2. Russia took only 6 weeks to get ready not 12 so Moltke sent 100'000 men to Russia so his northern army was only 60% not 90%. 3. The German army didn't supply enough food or water or ammo who got tired. 4. The BEF was sent to fight the Germans, they were only 75'000 but slowed the German army at Mons (23rd August 1914) this gave France extra time to get ready. 5. Marne (5-10th September 1914) the french and british stopped the germans and drove them back just 60 Km from Paris. After this the Stalemate occurred and made the war last another 4 years. ...read more.

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