The Narrative Of World War Essays

831 Words Jun 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Madison Verschleiser
Social Studies

Hindsight is 20/20

The narrative of World War is one best explained by the phrase, “hindsight is 20/20”. Many countries entered World War Two believing it was in their national interest only for the end result to be significantly different than what they had expected. While the ideas of aggressive nationalism and militarism served as Germany and England’s national interest in the war, by entering the U.S hoped to have a say in the ultimate peace agreement at the end of the war, however in the end, despite Ally victory, no party achieved its goals.
In Germany, the ideas of militarism and aggressive nationalism lead to Germany’s desire to expand its sphere of influence. When the war broke out Germany saw it as an easy win and opportunity to expand its sphere of influence while proving once and for all, that it was the strongest country; ironically, it was this attitude they played a key role in Germany’s defeat. When the war broke out Germany found itself surrounded; Russia was attacking from the East and France was attacking from the West. In light of this, German General Von Schrieffer, recognizing the danger of splitting an army came up with the “42 day plan”; the plan was that It would take 42 days (six weeks) for Russia to its army; If the German army could defeat France within forty two days then fight Russia, Germany would not have to split their army. The plan ended up failing on both ends; Germany was unable to defeat France…

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