WW1: The Causes Of The First World War
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It was the operation plan designed by German, Alfred von Schlieffen in December 1905. The plan was planned for a designated attack on France once Russia would start mobilizing. Schlieffen stated France to be Germany’s most dangerous opponent. Schlieffen believed that although Russia was stronger than France, they would take longer to mobilize their army ("The Schlieffen Plan”). Hence, believing Germany was easily capable of defeating France, they would defeat France while Russia mobilized (Trueman).
The Schlieffen Plan was bold, yet evidently had an amount of glaring flaws. Schlieffen’s plan was highly based on assumptions. He assumed that Russia would take a minimum of six weeks to mobilize and that Germany would have to defeat France in a maximum of six weeks. He also relied on Britain staying neutral to get through to Russia and the actions of Russia determining when Germany would attack, despite if they were ready or