Essay on The Outbreak of World War I

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The Outbreak of World War I On the 1st of August 1914 World War One, also known as the Great War, started. The main countries involved were: Germany, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Britain, France and Russia. World War One ended at 11am on 11th November 1918. In 1919, Lloyd George of England, Orlando of Italy, Clemenceau of France and Woodrow Wilson from the US met to discuss how Germany was to be made to pay for the damage World War One had caused. They decided to create the Treaty of Versailles. In this there were a total of 440 clauses. The first 26 clauses dealt with the establishment of the League of Nations. The remaining 414 clauses spelled out Germany's punishment. This makes it seem that Germany…show more content…
This caused tension between Britain and Germany. The war should just of been between Germany and France because of Alsace Lorraine but Germany got other countries involved. Germany was worried that France and Russia would become Allies and attack Germany. As a result Germany and Russia became Allies first. But Germany insulted Russia and Russia became Allies with France. If this hadn’t of happened there would be no chance of Russia and France even thinking about attacking Germany. Germany got very paranoid and therefore created the “Schlieffen Plan” which takes its name from its author, Alfred Graf von Schlieffen (1833 – 1913). Schlieffen argued that if war took place it was vital that France was defeated and as quickly as possible. If this happened, Britain and Russia would be unwilling to carry on fighting. Schlieffen calculated that it would take Russia six weeks to organize its large army for an attack on Germany. Therefore, it was vitally important to force France to surrender before Russia was ready to use all its forces. Schlieffen's plan involved using 90% of Germany's armed forces to attack France. Fearing the French army on the border with Germany, Schlieffen suggested a quicker attack through Belgium. The rest of the German Army would be sent to defensive positions in the east to
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