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The basic idea behind the Schlieffen Plan was to allow Germany to beat both the French and the Russians in quick succession The theory behind it was to turn their backs on Russia initially and even allow them to invade pans of East Prussia Alfred von Schlieffen field marshal and brain child of the new war plan knew the risks involved with this strategy but was prepared to stand by his plan Von Schlieffen believed that the Germans in a matter of weeks could overwhelm France and then they could return their attention to the Russians and stop the progressing Russians Schlieffen s entire plan relied on the excellent railway system arid the readiness of armies to fight Germanys army could be deployed much faster and much more efficiently than any other army in Europe could at the time Schlieffen knew that it would take a good matter of time before Russias armies could be deployed That would provide them even more time if needed to beat the French Von Schlieffen determined that it would be logical to attack France through its northern neighbor Belgium This route rather than the route through Switzerland and Luxembourg that is easily defensible and backed with strong fortification was magnificently adapted to the movement of large armies with intricate roadways and railways Belgium was not expected to give any resistance or very little at all To maintain the timeline a special advance force was prepared to seize Liege To clear a path for the primary German forces The essence of the whole plan was this strong right wing A sweeping wheel that would envelop the French from the North then curving back into Germany where it would encircle any forces that may have rushed back forces in the South at Alsace and Lorraine and then regain east Prussia back from the Russians The great turning movement was all that mattered Armies could fall back and retreat to the French
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