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Notes on WWI -Schlieffens Plan involved using 90 of Germanys armed forces to attack France -Fearing the French forts on the border with Germany Schlieffen suggested a scythee-like attack through Holand Belgium and Luxembourg The rest of the German Army woudl be sent to defensive positions in the east to stop the expected Russian advance -On 2nd August 1914 the Schlieffen Plan was put into operation -August 4th 1914 Britain entered the war The Schlieffen Plan had nto taken that into consideration -British resistance at Mons and the slow retreat after the battle agve the French more time to prepare for the Germans attack -Kluck the German commander in France saw that he could not keep to the Schlieffen Plan because of the resistance from the British -Kluck changed the plan of attack instead of going around Paris the Germans turned south This left the Channel ports along the coast free from attack--and enabled British reinforcements to get to France -By December 1914 trenches ran from Switzerland to the Channel coast Trench life was rough for all troops Men spent countless hours in muddy rat-infested pits surrounded by dead bodies -Defending the trenches was an easy task Massed roles of barbed wire laid in front of the trenches made an enemy advance very difficult and slow -Thousands of shells were fired into enemy lines in hopes to disable the trenches defence allowing for a sucessful attack However the bombings acted as a warning for the opposition giving them time to set up and prepare for the troops advancing from the trenches -Major Battles 1915Ypres Loos Vimy Ridge Cambrai Messines 1918 Marne St Quentin -Germans losses 281000 men French losses 315000 men These losses from the attacks above -The Somme was Briatins most costly battle Date July 1st 1916 60000 men were killed out of a 100000 men armyThe battle ended in the middle of November 1916 and Britain had suffered over 400000 casualities Both
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