Stalemate On The Western Front Essay

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reasons for the stalemate on the western front There are many reason's as to why a stalemate devoloped on the Western Front. Among the most significant reasons are the failure of Germany's Schlieffen Plan and Frances plan 17. The Schlieffen Plan developed by Count Alfred von Schlieffen , aimed at dealing with war on two fronts, failed to achieve the quick and decisive victory over France that Germany had hoped for. Even before Schlieffen, German military leaders had been faced with the prospect of a two-front war in which Germany faced enemies to East (Russia) and West (France). Schlieffen decided that, in the event of a war in Europe, Germany's first priority should be to concentrate on a crushing offensive against France in the west. In December 1905 Schlieffen set out his…show more content…
At the start of 1914 up to 5 million men between the ages 20 & 45 had never undertaken military service. Nationlistic frevor swept Germany at the anouncement of war. As with their British counterparts, unconscripted, young German men needed little prompting to head off in search of adventure and excitement, patriotic duty and a chance to have a full time job-The men were convinced the war would be over by christmas, and thus did not want to miss out on the action- however most of the men were nieve to the reasons and conditions of war. At the start of war Germany already had the ability to quickly increase its army from a peacetime strength of 800 000 to well over 4 million trained men. By August 1915 this was increased to 5.3 million and in 1816 it increased to 5.8 million The unexpected prolongation of the war and the heavy losses in the trenches of the Western Front meant conscription became necessary. There was also no longer a romanticised view of war. As the pressure of war mounted, Germany later conscripted foreigners to work in German industry. In 1916, 75000 Poles and 12000 Belgiums were
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