Why did the Schlieffen Plan fail? comic strip

This latest comic strip helps explains the reasons for the failure of the Schlieffen Plan in 1914. I have used the acronym BEER to help students remember these reasons –

Balance – referring to the change of number of men in the northern German army in the pincer movement in the strategy.

Eastern attack – referring to the attack Russia launched on Germany from the East.

Exhaustion – referring to the exhaustion of the soldiers in the German army by September 1914.

Resistance – referring to the unexpected resistance in Belgium which slowed the progress of the German advance.

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