Therefore he would not listen to other wise diplomats, such as Talleyrand. His ego and ambition got in the way of common sense and this helped to lead to his downfall and he tried the impossible, like invading Russia. Napoleon's method of enforcing his rule and ideas on all the countries he defeated also helped turn countries against him. This is because they did not always like the French way of living and this caused the people to feel bitter towards Napoleon. There are also a couple of larger factors that led to Napoleon's downfall.
As a result, discontent brewed within Germany herself. When Germany accepted the war guild clause, they expected the inevitable treaty to be based entirely on Wilson’s fourteen points. The points were reasonable in the eyes of Germany, however, many were not kept and the treaty turned out to be the exact thing Germany feared from the start. Land was given away, the German military demilitarized and huge amounts of money to be paid in reparations. The result of what was, at least for Germans, an extremely unfair treaty, was that Germany was faced with extreme economical difficulties.
The other reason why the plan failed was lack of mechanised brigades, because most of troops had to carry their full battle equipment, weighing up to forty kilograms. Soldiers were under pressure to move quickly having met strong resistance. This led the soldiers to have severe fatigue which means the really tired this could have been one of the cause why the plan failed because they were tired and decided to take a short cut. This was wrong because the plan had directions and any mistake would make the plan fail. Another reason why the plan failed, the Germans were not expecting any resistance from Belgium, but the Belgium army fought bravely and helped managed to delay the German advance.
Topic: The inability of the German General Staff to see the inherent flaws in the Schlieffen Plan. Title: Lack of Flexibility and The Schlieffen Plan Thesis: A political solution should have been sought between Austria-Hungary and Serbia in order to keep the Russians from mobilizing against Germany, because Moltke’s alterations of the original plan doomed the German Army to defeat. Abstract: In the summer of 1914, the German General Staff executed the Schlieffen plan and ultimately had to revise it because of certain unforeseen moves by the French and Russians. This lack of flexibility led to a stalemate during The Great War, giving life to such phrases as “trench warfare,” and “war of attrition.” The German General Staff sold the idea of the Schlieffen Plan to their government as the strategy to prosecute a two-front, Franco-Russian war. The plan calls for the German Army to defeat the French in one felled swoop, and then quickly move to the East to defeat Russia.
Subsequently this caused the Ruhr Crisis, as the Germans were unable to pay the reparations on time so the French decided to invade Ruhr, as it was a major coal-mine of Germany providing a lot of their economy at the time. Hyperinflation in Germany made it impossible for them to pay reparations, this is where the currency is inflated at a very high rate and in order to try combat this the Germans printed more and more money, this however did not help the hyperinflation and actually made it worse. This made the French angry so they decided to invade the Ruhr to take their coal as to pay for the money needed from the late reparation payments. The Ruhr Crisis was during the mid 1920s when Germany was unable to pay their reparations on time and therefore France invaded the Ruhr, which was the biggest coal-mine in Germany at the time. The French thought that the German workers would work for them.
First all, the war guilt was seen extremely harsh by the Germans, and it was; they had to admit they had caused the war, while in fact Germany got dragged in because of its alliances., Germany had to pay £6600 million for the damage caused and Germanys economy wasn’t so good at the moment so that definitely was devastating for them. Furthermore, not only reparations had sunk Germany’s economy, but the other clauses such as the loss of colonies and trade, contributed to make the situation worse. In addition, Germany could not develop its military and naval forces. This had very big consequences for its government. People went on strike, and as they failed to pay reparations hyperinflation was caused.
This was also a great threat to the other countries. Russia joined the Dual Alliance creating the Triple Alliance in order for the German Empire to not be threatened from both sides, and there Russia in some way entered the war. The reason why Russia joined the alliance was because they saw Germany as a great threat, and another lost was too expensive. To join them would be a great excuse to hide. At this time Britain was extremely frustrated because the German Empire had taken control of the sea, the strength that for a long time belonged to Britain.
How far was the first world war the main cause of the weaken of the Tsar’s rule between 1914 and 1917? The First World War was responsible for the downfall of the Romanovs in four main ways. The loss of support to the battlefield, the war crippled the Russian economy, has a political impact on Russia and last but not least, through the war, Russia experienced great military humiliations. Firstly, the poor internal communication prevented the support to the battlefield such as agricultural workers and horses to the army. In addition, the takeover of railway lines of the army thwarted food, armours and weapons to reach the army quickly.
Germany was forced to take all the blame for damages received by the allies. They were also forced to accept charges of starting the war. This left much of the German population feeling cheated by the ‘Big Four’, moreover, Germany had to pay all damages incurred in the French and Belgian territories during fighting. This subsequently caused great tensions in Germany, as they were bemused as to how they could be held responsible for starting the war, when they felt it was equally the faults of the four allied countries. It is commonly accepted that Germany were eager for a war, however in 1914 they were only responding to events in Sarajevo by agreeing to back Austria, as opposed to starting a war with no origin.
Germany made a number of costly mistakes throughout the war, which in-turn led to their defeat in World War 1. Throughout the war, they had a number of opportunities to defeat the allies, but they failed to work effectively. Germany suffered defeats on the land and the sea; they failed to distribute public expenditure equally between the military and civilians, which led to unrest on the home front, which essentially led to their defeat in 1918. The failure of the Schlieffen Plan can be considered to be one of the most important reasons for the defeat of Germany in the First World War. Germany strongly believed that future wars would include short and rapid mobilization, which would be key for achieving victory.