I would guess that 1 in 10 Americans know what I mean by the title……and I would guess 6 in 10 Europeans will know the name.
And yes I am gonna shove a little history at you with this post…..
The Schlieffen Plan was Germany’s grand plan that started World War One……they were not alone with a grand plan…France, Austro-Hungary and Russia all had a plan in case of war…..all options were on the table (sound familiar?)……
Ever since Germany had inflicted defeat upon France in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, the major nations of Europe had busied themselves with plans for the next war, seen by many as inevitable given the conflicting ambitions of the major powers; which, in the case of France, included the repossession of Alsace and Lorraine, both lost to Germany as a consequence of the Franco-Prussian War.
Much is made of the German Schlieffen Plan and, to a lesser extent, the French Plan XVII. But what of Austria-Hungary’s Plan B and Russia’s Plan 19? This article details the primary aims of each of these plans, and discusses the rationale behind them.
There is always a grand plan that seldom goes as predicted and World War One was no exception…..