Path of war i declares war on russia aug 1 ii

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20. PATH OF WAR i. Declares war on Russia Aug. 1 ii. Declares war on France Aug 3 i. Alfred Von Schlieffen ii. “The Great Memorandum” 1. knew Russia wouldn’t mobilize fast so moved a majority of troops west first to hit France and then hit Russia after F. Germany invades Belgium G. Great Britain enters the war i. “scrap of paper” 21. “THE BOYS WILL BE HOME BY CHRISTMAS” 10
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A. Enthusiasm for war, why? i. Nationalism, unable to imagine the brutality of modern war, last major war was a century before B. So Germany Attacks Belgium, then France i. Germany begins to falter ii. French army retreats to Paris 1. Launches counterattack a. 1.27 million Germans versus 1 million French and 125,000 British 2. War of attrition- characterizes WW1 iii. First unfolded at the Marne River 1. Trench Warfare—475 miles of trenches from North Sea to Switzerland iv. Both sides looked for other strategies 1. Unterseeboot (eventually draw US into the war) and Gallipoli a. Torpedoing of SS Lusitania in 1914 brings US into the war
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