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The Schlieffen plan was a war winning plan that if worked would have properly won the war.

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The Schlieffen plan was a war winning plan that if worked would have properly won the war. The Schlieffen plan was meant to be very quick I was only meant to be 6 weeks long. It started as soon as the war was declared they had to get to Paris and defeat France within six weeks so they could then send all their troops to fight against Russia. First the German army had to invade Belgium on the 4th August. After doing that they would go to the French border. Then they were going to take on the French army as quick as possible march into Paris and take over it. Then they was going to go back to Germany to protect itself from the Russians who were apparently still getting ready for an attach which would have taken at least 6 weeks to plan and start an attach. ...read more.

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They did slow the German advance, but their achievements were not as glorious as people thought. During this time the Germans were about to attach there plan 17, which was that the French troops would charge across the frontier and attach deep into Germany, which would force surrender and launched this attach on Germany. On the 20 August the German forces defending the frontier cut the attacking French troops to shreds and artillery and machine gunfire. The French lost over 200 000 men in 12 days. They now abandoned plan 17 for obvious reasons and regrouped their forces to defend Paris from the advancing Germans. This was the first thing that the Germans could have celebrated about. But they could not celebrate for long as they had to send 100 000 out of the army advancing Paris because the Russians had mobilised far more quickly than expected and had already had invaded them already so they had to save there motherland. ...read more.

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This was the end of the Schlieffen plan. The battle of the Marne was the final straw of the Schlieffen plan. Worse still for the Germans they were still in a stalemate. Neither side could break through the enemy lines so they had one choice to get past, go round. The charge began on the 12th October this was called the race to the see. I think that the key reason why the Schlieffen plan failed was because of Russia mobilising quickly as this was why the Germans had to send troops back to Germany and they had to take on the allies so they were out numbered at both parts of the war. This meant that they had to be very strategic but as they had lost many men in Belgium and had only a few weeks they had not time to change there plan. If the schlieffen plan had worked they would have properly had won the war as they would have controlled the most of middle Europe. Paul Huggins 11S ...read more.

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