Make your own free website on Tripod.com
helmet crest on black
Drama Never Surpassed
World War One - The War To End All Wars

Home

Drama Never Surpassed
What Really Caused WW I ?
Timeline 1914
Politicians
The Generals Of 1914
Battle of Liege and Alsace
Battle of the Frontiers - Lorraine and Ardennes
Battle of the Frontiers - Charleroi and Mons
The Retreat - Le Cateau and The Marne
The War at Sea 1914
Map of Forts at Liege
Map of Alsace-Lorraine
Muller and Emden
Resources
Favorite Links
Contact the Web General

In the Begining

Lord Kitchner

European generals had been planning this war for fifty years. Every skirmish, assault, and Battle was a pre cursor to what happened in the sweltering days of August 1914. Each side dreamed of a lighting victory-no one imagined that it would take four years.

The Germans had the Schliffen-a brilliant yet flawed plan that attacked through Belgium in a sweep to the sea. The French plan was flawed from the start. A frontal assault of such a grand preparation would cost thousands of lives and would not take into consideration any defensive maneuvers if the initial attacks were repelled. Furthermore, it ignored any attack from Belgium. The French believed by this time that static defense was a thing of the past. The forts that would have been an effective defense had been defanged, and many of the forts' big guns had been removed, leaving them almost worthless.

Germans sing while marching to war

The French plan was known as plan XVII. It had been written in reaction to the ideas of fallen Commander-in-Chief Designate Michel, who had argued that " The by-now traditional French scheme of deploying behind the Franco- German frontiers proved no defense against the danger of a German invasion via Belgium".

Alfred von Schlieffen

Von Schliffen had doubts, too He said of his own plan, "The German people would be brought to realize that they are to weak for the enterprise they have undertaken. We shall find the experiences of all earlier conquers confirmed that a war of aggression calls for much strength and also consumes much, that this strength dwindles constantly while the defenders increases". The German plan called for a quick victory before Russia had a chance to mobilize her troops. The way the Germans had it figured, they had about four weeks to defeat the French. That would give them just enough time to move valuable forces to the eastern front.

Winston Churchill

In these pages watch history unfurl and see what Churchill called " Drama Never Surpassed".