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How was Schlieffen Plan meant to work?

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How was the Schlieffen Plan meant to work? The Schlieffen plan was named after the chief of the German General, Alfred von Schlieffen from 1891 to 1905. In 1906, General Helmuth von Moltke had elected as the chief of staff. Under his leadership, the details of the Schlieffen Plan had been changed around, but with remaining its main purpose and features. The plan was supposed to work very smoothly and successfully with the new German's thinking. They were locating most of their army in the front line between Germany and France and just leaving a small defensive line on the border in Russia. They thought the Russians were not strong enough and it would be easy to defend from their attacks and they would take a lot time for them to mobilize their army due to the difficult and high terrain in Russia and the amount of people they had in their army. ...read more.


So if the plan sticks with the plan, the attack would start off at Alsace Lorraine and attack smoothly around as they mobilize into Belgium and to the northern part of France like a round circle and finally end up trapping and surrounding the French soldiers in Paris. In order to succeed this plan, the German troops would have to force and march through Belgium, and Belgium was a neutral country which were decided and signed by all the European powers in the treaty of agreement during 1839. Germany had interfered with the neutrality of Belgium and had broken the rules of the treaty which was shown as disrespectful and offensive to other countries. If the Germans forced to mobilize into Belgium, Britain will be willing to join the war with France eagerly against Germany because they would not tolerate and allow Germany having the control of Belgium. ...read more.


The Germans had saved this plan as a secret attack tactic for themselves, they suggested that this plan would not be executed if the countries had all declared war because it would not be as powerful as it would have been planned for. They would only do it when the countries are mobilizing because as they move, they would not be as ready and geared up as they normally trained to be. Once this plan is fully scheduled and executed, the Germany troops would hurl around Belgium and into France. But for their safety and privacy on this plan, the main details were never mentioned and were kept as a highly confidential secret. To maintain their advantages of timing and surprise on this plan, William II "The Kaiser" and his ministers had never officially approved the war plan details in public. ...read more.

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