Key Reasons Why the Schlieffen Plan Failed


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Key Reasons Why the Schlieffen Plan Failed
This paper highlights the key reasons why the Schlieffen Plan failed. There are many possible explanations and there is still plenty of on-going debate as to which explanation makes the most sense. Reviewing the available evidence, we find that many German thinkers – at least in the period immediately following the war – blamed Helmuth von Moltke for the failure of the Schlieffen Plan to achieve the desired break-through. Hans Delbruck, however, vigorously opposed such thinking and argued, instead, that Germany was foolhardy in thinking that it could secure a decisive victory in any event; as well, Delbruck makes it plain in his work that the Schlieffen Plan erroneously targeted a quick victory in...
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.....ount the extraordinary challenges of moving nearly 1.5 million men across large geographical expanses, in hostile territory, whilst ensuring that they were sufficiently well-armed and well-nourished to deal with a determined foe that was well-armed, had interior supply lines, and who was willing to destroy the native infrastructure to slow the German advance.
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