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WW1 (1914-1917)

by: Sophie Walker

WW1 (1914-1917) History 4394

Sophie Walker
Baylor University

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another fill in the blank the gaps kind of class. Schlieffen plan, what was supposed to happen, what actually ended up happening.
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Date Created: 03/01/16
Pre WW1 (1914-1917) Friday, February 26, 2016 8:03 AM -lot of political background -lot of stuff that happens that shapes way US sees it (by Spr 1917) -WW2 is very different -Ottomans: -cover the left flank of the Germs (why they're important) -block access -Clemenceau: -important for more of the latter part of the war -trench war beginnings: -German's Plan/new technology -Alfred von Schieffen -Germany: -has a hostile pwr on both side of it -allies with Austria -Alfred von Schlieffen (organizes this way before WW1 starts): -how to carry out a war against two fronts (Russia/France) -enemies have a larger mil force -defeat them one at a time; knock one out before knock other out -defeat Fr first bc Fr will mobilize first -calculate who can mobilize quicker (Fr or Russ) and who can go to war with first -Russ has bigger army so will take longer -Fr: -ready for war with Ger since 1871 (end of Franco-Pruss war) -allies with Russia --> helps S plan -Bismarck knows this -want their land back (Alsace/Lorraine); fought btwn Fr/Ger for everrrrrr (ima, they're cool; Fr owns it now) -first chance get: march into land area -Schlief knows; thinks has 6 weeks to defeat Fr before Russia is ready to fight -S Plan: take entire Germ army through Belgium (in arch-shape so goes above Fr army); capture Paris; trap Fr army from France -one fort's job is to retreat to keep pulling/lure Fr into Germany; then bulk of G army will be behind them -thinks strong enough to hold the Fr force but that's not their main job; -wheel, surround, cut off -knows that won't end in 6 weeks if this doesn't work (prediction comes true) -just wants a cease-fire; put Fr in a position that will just stop the waar -take Paris/the government or else Germ will destroy the Fr army) -thinks taking capital will be enough -use interior lines to push Russ back -if had work, would've worked really well but there were too many variabilities/assumptions -Shit starts going down/fucking up: -Russia mobilizes "too soon" (about a week earlier than S thought would); they are the ones who "started the clock" -Belgium is neutral (Cong is Vienna: Brit -Cong of Vienna: -last peace Conng that put everything back together after Napoleon -British: at Vienna in 1850 -one stipulation: Belgium remain neutral/all great pwrs must respect this -bc Brit is so close to Belgium (Bel is okay with that) -an opposing nation can pass its nations through Bel IF that country has been attacked -Shit starts going down/fucking up: -Germ can pass through Bel if attacked by Fr --> part of S's plan -Fr was supposed to cross the frontier --> they don't -Ger was supposed to go through Bel but Bel said nooooo, haven't been attacked yet -Ger goes through anyway; fights through Bel (pretty nasty war) -get into France: find the Brit army has been deployed/in Fr -slows the Ger down; Fr can start pulling back in Fr; -Paris is off the board; shorted the arch/go down E of Paris -Ger decides to do a double envelopment -first B of the Marme (Sept 6-10, 1914) -east of Paris -two long fronts from Alsace/Lorraine up to Bel --> trenches start -W military concept built around the assumption that offensive is the way to win a war -taking the initiative -both sides are going to be the Offensive -issues: technology -defense is more powerful -farther range; more accurate; machine guns -artillery: 5+ miles away from front line/can accurate rain stuff down but enemy can't see where the fire is coming from -trenches: -zig zag shape -barbed wire in front of trenches -catch the enemy/can gun them down when caught on barbed wire -trenches connected to other trenches -artillery could rain fire down on a big targeted area -gas wasn't as decisive of a weapon as ppl think it is -wasn't planned --> machine guns gunning you down so better start digging fast -Gers do a better job with trenches -dig deeper/can survive more artillery -both sides still think offensive is the best way to go -kind of like a super big scale of Lee/Gettysburg -how do you restore mobility? How do you get around this? -ottoman empire: -secures left flank -attack of Gallipoli against Brit -Russia: -big battle (Dec 1914) -Gers defeat Russ; front has a stalemate -most of the effort btwn Austria (long-time rivals) -keeps more Ger troops on the West -want to get Russ out of the war -about 2 years of just pounding each other(14-16) -start using subs -2nd largest surface fleet in the world -goes against Brit fleet once/it's a draw --> start using the subs -unrestricted warfar in 1917 --> Wilson is like fuck you guys, you suck -Brit navy v Ger n: surface fleet v sub sleet -almost wipe Brit out -US naval officers: William Simms; goes to report on Brit -writes back that Brit about to lose; losing too much and can't build fast enough -Brit decide on convoy system: bring all the logistics together and ship them together; surrounded by screen of sub hunters (versus spreading them all out) -doesn't want to do convoy duty --> it's boring (same as being a W frontier guy) -like a sheep herding system -Look in Fr-Pruss war


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