The schlieffen plan

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The schlieffen plan

  1. 1.  The Schlieffen Plan was Germany’s main strategy for World War I.  The intention of the Schlieffen Plan was that Germany would avoid fighting a war on two fronts.
  2. 2.  Germany West East thought they could potentially have to fight both Russia and France at the same time.  They did not want to fight on an eastern front and a western front.
  3. 3. A large part of the German army would race into France. The remaining army would go to Russia. 2. Defeat France. 3. Rush east and defeat Russia. 4. VICTORY! 1.
  4. 4. had already heavily mobilized along their border with Germany. Hey Belgium, can my military take a stroll through your country?  France No way!
  5. 5.  Germany demanded that their troops pass through the neutral country of Belgium  Belgium said no, Germany did it anyway. Hey Belgium, can my military take a stroll through your country? No way!
  6. 6. Bad Germany!
  7. 7.  Britain had close ties with Belgium.  When Germany invaded Belgium Britain declared war on Germany.
  8. 8. Allies  Great Britain  Russia  France  Japan (a few weeks later)  Italy (nine months later, claimed joining the Triple Alliance was a defensive strategy)  United States (wait for it) Central Powers  Germany  Austria – Hungary  Bulgaria  Ottoman Empire (later to try and regain lost territories).

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