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Why did a stalemate develop on the Western Front?

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Why did a Stalemate develop on the Western Front? The Schlieffen Plan, the plan which Germany had made to avoid having to fight on two fronts at one time. They planned to invade France first and conquer them in 6 weeks, whilst Russia was getting ready for war and then deal with Russia later. This plan however depended on four things: beating France in six weeks; Russia being slower than six weeks, Great Britain not joining in with the war and Belgium not resisting when Germany went through it. When the plan went ahead, all these things went wrong. Firstly, Russia was ready before the 6 week time scale, which meant that Germany had to send 100,000 men which were meant to be going through Belgium to fight the French to defend Russia, which weakened the German army. Whilst they were advancing to France, they were moving fast, food supplies and ammunitions were being carried by oxen, which are slow and heavy, so they would be hungry whilst fighting and run out of ammunitions too, and when this happened they wouldn't be able to carry on fighting the battle. ...read more.


After this, the British army helped the French army guard Paris and helped to close the gap to the sea. The French army also had a plan, called Plan 17, in which they were going to win back Alsace Lorraine, which they had lost to Germany in 1871. They had planned to go through the French-German border. Their commander, Joffre was old fashioned and believed that bright blue uniforms and rifles with bayonets on them would frighten the enemy away. But he was wrong and just made the French easy targets for the Germans. They lost over 200 000 men in a month, which was caused the failure of Plan 17. After this battle, Joffre realised that there was something wrong and they changed uniforms and got more up to date weapons, thinking that the next battle would be quick and easy to win. When the French realised that the Germans were actually going through Belgium, they made their way from the French-German border to the French-Belgian border where the Belgians and Brits were fighting. ...read more.


We got there first, and now the trenches ran right from the Northern coast right down to Switzerland. The Germans had no way through. Neither side was strong enough to push either side back, so there was a battle going on, without any progress being made. But whilst the battle of the Marne was going on, the German supplies were still far behind the troops and the troops were running out of ammunitions, which made them unable to fight back. Also, many had been travelling far distances, a lot of it on foot and hadn't been fed. They left the battle field to raid houses for food, which was the main reason why the allies won the battle. At this point, the Germans had nearly got to Paris, they were just 25 miles from it at some points on the Western front, even some parts of Paris were shelled, Germany nearly won the battle of the Marne and then would have conquered Paris as they had intended to in the first place. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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