How Was The Schlieffen Plan Meant To Work?

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Craig Robertson                                                            03/04/2003

        History Coursework

The First World War

How Was The Schlieffen Plan Meant To Work?

General von Schlieffen devised the Schlieffen plan in 1905 because the Germans thought they would have to fight a war on two fronts, the French on the west and the Russians on the east.

Schlieffen wanted to avoid having to split his forces, so he planned to take on and defeat France take out Britain without firing a shot at them and then transport his army across Germany to the eastern border and take on the Russians. But this whole plan was built around the assumption that Russia would take 8 weeks to mobilise its forces and that the Schlieffen plan would take only 40 days to complete, giving the German forces time to re-deploy to the eastern front.

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        The thing with the Schlieffen plan was that as soon as day one began it could not be stopped because day one was mobilisation so from then on it was like a steamroller. The first stage of the Schlieffen plan after mobilising was to launch an attack on the French border using only a around 120,000 men, this was nothing more than a dummy attack, used to draw the French forces to defend their border, Schlieffen knew they would do this from past experience, they had done it in the Franco – Prussian war of 1870 and they would ...

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