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  • German Air Force Enigma Message
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    During the 1930's, isolationism and the depression swept through the United States. But before the fall of France in 1940, the United States was starting to pull away from being neutral, which they claimed at the beginning of the European war. Americans and the British would hold conversations between themselves known as the ABC talks. It was there that they both targeted Germany as their prime enemy. Even though there was tension in the Pacific in 1941, American leaders had agreed that any war ...
  • Schlieffen Plan
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    The first months of war resounded with the collision of the war plans pored over for decades by the general staffs of Europe. The original German plan for a two-front war, drafted by Helmuth von Moltke the elder, had called for taking the offensive against Russia and standing on the defensive in the rugged Rhineland. The plan showed military prudence and complemented the stabilizing diplomacy of Bismarck. But Alfred, Graf von Schlieffen, presided over the German military in the era of Kaiser Wil...
  • German West Front War Plan In 1914
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    The Schlieffen Plan is commonly - though misleading y - identified with the German western offensive at the start of the First World War in August 1914, which began as a campaign of rapid movement but ended in deadlock and trench warfare. The plan is generally seen as a desperate gamble almost certain to fail, and its recklessness is counted as part of Germany's war guilt - the plan held out the false promise of a quick victory, and so it underpinned the "short war illusion" that led Germany int...
  • Known Schlieffen Plan And The French
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    Introduction The Western Front during the course of World War I was a virtual stalemate. There are a number of reasons for this lack of movement including tacticalunderachievements, technological improvements, and the hindrances caused by massive opposing armies in a small, restrictive area. These, however do not include the very important and often overlooked reason: lack of good leadership. Tactical Under achievements As is commonly known, Germany fought on opposite sides of the line from theF...
  • German Line
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    The Battle of the Somme was a plan of attack on the German line in 1916 to relieve the French in Verdun, but it didn't go to plan. The original plan was to bombard the Germans with artillery for a week to weaken them and destroy barbed wire, then send men over the top to finish them off. This plan was devised by by General sir Douglas Haig but was rushed because French commander Joseph Joffre needed relief from Verdun. Also helping with the plan was sir Henry Rawlinson who had some different vie...
  • French German Border
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    QUESTION What accounts for the defeat of France in 1940? What factors played the most decisive role in the allied defeat: faulty strategy, inferior technology, numbers, ... ? Was the fall of France inevitable in 1940? INTRODUCTION On 10 May 1940, nearly six months after Hitler gave the original order for his army's to advance towards France, the Blitzkrieg began. With-in six weeks time France had fallen and the face of the civilized world had suddenly changed. Some believe that the defeat of Fra...
  • German Invasion Of France
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    In reality, the German plan was too ambitious. The fear of a two front-war drove the German General Staff to explore any possible solution. The plan developed by Von Schlieffen was probably one of the best. Yet, Von Schlieffen himself predicted that his plan would fail. In essence, it attempted to do too much, too quickly. At the beginning of August, over one million German soldiers pushed towards France. Most of these men marched thirty to forty-five km a day (30-45 km). The men were following ...

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