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The Failure Of The Schlieffen Plan

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GCSE International relations 1900-1939

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The failure of the Schlieffen plan

There are many reasons for the failure of the Schlieffen plan and in this essay I will look at three of the main reasons. The Schlieffen plan was devised by Count Von Schlieffen the plan was to advance through Belgium and around Paris forcing the French to retire as all the French supplies were in Belgium. Then the German army would move to the German border with Russia and fight the remains of the Russian army, as they had just come from a war on the other side of Russia. The aim of this plan was to prevent fighting a war on two fronts, which if it was carried out properly would have worked and the war would be "over by Christmas".

Firstly the inflexibility of the plan played a big part of its failure. When the plan was devised Schlieffen didn't look at all the details he worked out a plan and left it at that he didn't answer all the ifs and buts. What if Belgian resisted? What if we run out of supplies? Also the plan was running on a very tight schedule, if one part took longer

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