1905 German military strategy. First invade France through Belgium and the Netherlands and defeat them in 6 weeks before Russia can mobilise and then defeat Russia.
(German) Colonel-General von Molke
Changed Schlieffen Plan in 1906. Weakened hammer swing, changed troop movement - not through Holland, didn't encircle Paris - went West of Paris instead
Results of changes to Schlieffen Plan
Hammer swing weakened
Didn't encircle Paris
Gave time for French mobilisation
Slower German mobilisation
French response to Schlieffen Plan
Didn't believe it
Germans didn't have enough men in professional army
Belgian resistance to German invasion
Belgians aided by British
First conflict between Britain and Germany
Slowed German advance
Battle of Marne
6-12 September 1914
French Commander General Joffre and German General von Kluck
Kluck's 1st army vulnerable
Attack by Joffre created gap between 1st and 2nd army
British troops could encircle them
French troops mobilised from Paris
German retreat to River Aisne
Start of trench warfare -> STALEMATE
Race to the Sea
September-November 1914 - Armies trying to outflank each other to reach the sea first. Both wanted Channel ports
(German) General von Hindenburg
Ended war of attrition at Verdun
Elected President of Germany in 1926
Network of trenches consisting of multiple lines and traversing connections between the lines.
A part of the trench system where reinforcements would wait to be called up to the front line.
Trenches that provided protected passage between the rear and front lines of a defensive position. Used to move soldiers and supplies from trench to trench without exposing them to enemies' fire.
The second line of trenches where front line soldiers retreat during a bombardment.
An underground shelter dug into the side of trenches to protect from enemy fire and the elements.
A military position which bulges forward into enemy territory and is vulnerable to enemy attacks. Ypres.
Twisted strands of fence wire with barbs at regular intervals. Put in front of trenches to deter the enemy from going 'over the top'.
A step built into each trench two or three feet from the trench floor to enable a soldier to look through the parapet into No Man's Land in the direction of the enemy trench line.
A protective wall or earth defence along the top of a trench or other place of concealment for troops.
Concrete structures occupied by a few men and positioned to control a section of the front.