L3: The Early Battles of World War One. Agenda Objective : To understand… The attitude of Europeans at the outbreak of war The early battles of WWI The emergence of trench warfare Schedule : The attitudes of Europeans at the outbreak of war. The early battles
a heavily artillery weapon known
as “Big Bertha”
and could be broken down and
transported via wagon
1. Western Front: Concentrate troops in the west and quickly defeat the French.
2. Eastern Front: After defeating France, take on Russia.
time to get to Russia before the “Russian
steamroller” was effectively mobilized.
and France it immediately begins the
Schlieffen Plan and starts to march
through Belgium (August 5, 1914)
1/10th the size of the German army,
the Germans got tied up in fighting
Belgium for 1 month due to the strength of Belgian concrete
Russia, which weakened their
efforts in France and allowed a
beleaguered French army a bit
of a “rest” from intensive