Why did the SCHLEIFFEN PLAN fail, 1914?
The main reason for the SCHLEIFFEN PLAN failing in 1914 are:
- The french were beaten
- Russian troops moved more quickly than expected
- Germany didn't think Britain would get involved in the war
- The Germans were slowed down by the Belgium army
- Germany didn't reach Paris in the expected 6 weeks
- The germans had to transfer the troops to the East
- the plan was too ambitious and involved moving large armies quickly over great distances.
was introduced to encourage more men to join the army, it was basically: if you joined up with your friends you would be put together in war.
B.E.F - British Expeditionary Force
- arrived in France, 21st August
- only 100,000 men under command of Sir John French
- well trained and equipped and had experience
- delayed Germans advanced by a day
- Germans suffered heavy casualties
- BEF retreated because lack of support, made a stand at Le Cateau, 26th aug
- BEF delayed germany and gave french troops chance to change plans
- French lauched attack at Battle of the Marne