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.