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Schlieffen Plan

Developed by Count Alfred von Schlieffen, the former chief of the German general staff, the Schlieffen Plan considered the possibility that Germany could face a war on two fronts, with France in the West and Russia in the East. Rather than a preemptive strike against Russia, Schlieffen suggested that a rapid German flanking movement against France, through neutral Belgium, followed by a southward sweep would trap French armies and inflict a major defeat on Germany’s traditional enemy. A revised Schlieffen Plan was set in motion early in World War I.

France’s Maginot Line

France’s Maginot Line

Although the Maginot Line did not prevent a German invasion, it forced Adolf Hitler’s generals to rethink their plans for conquest.   More »



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