Stalemate on the Western Front

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Using Source A and B and your own knowledge Explain why there was a stalemate on the Western front. There were many reasons for the stalemate on the Western Front. One of the main reasons for the stalemate was alterations made to Germany’s Schlieffen plan. A major change implemented by Moltke was the refusal for German troops to pass through Holland. This proved to be very costly for the Germans as they were forced to move through Belgium alone. Source A is a clear indication of the bottleneck this caused for German soldiers passing through Belgium. This Source reveals that strong Belgian resistance slowed German advances drastically. Further acknowledgement of this alteration causing problems for German troops can be found within Source B where it is stated that Germany “...paid insufficient heed to the problems of...the fatigue of troops” This source reveals that this specific change to the Schlieffen ultimately caused more problems for Germany than anticipated. Because of the fatigue of troops and lack of supplies the bottleneck in Liege caused, the Germans had to divert East towards the River of Marne. The decision to violate Belgian neutrality ensured British intervention to protect Belgium. This presented more problems as British troops were aiding France in their conquest to expel the German belligerents. The diversion and Allied support prevented Germany from capturing France and started the Battle of Marne which ultimately caused the stalemate on the Western Front. Another cause of the stalemate on the Western Front was Germany underestimation of Russia’s mobilisation speed. This is evident in Source B where it is stated Germany “...paid insufficient heed ...and miscalculated the speed of Russia’s mobilisation. This proved to be very costly as evident within Source A as it reveals German troops reentering German territory to face the Russian threat
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