The Western Front: Beginning Germany and A-H vs France and Great Britain Germans invaded Belgium to attack France – Part of the Schlieffen Plan
What is the Schlieffen Plan? Schlieffen Plan – if Germany had to fight on two fronts (against France and Russia), hit France first then go after Russia
German Advance Germans get within a few miles of Paris but French and British counterattack – Both sides lose over 200,000 men
Stalemate in Trenches Settles into a stalemate – Both sides dig trenches – War becomes defensive, not mobile
The Eastern Front Russia vs A-H, Germany, Ottoman Empire Covered greater distance – More mobile, not use trenches as much
Russia’s Problems Russia is severely undersupplied – Did not have the industrial economy that other European countries had – Suffers heavy casualties Russian Revolution (1917) – Drops out of the war Video clip from WWI in Color – Eastern Front
The Eastern Front: Middle East Fighting within the Ottoman Empire – Today: Turkey and the Middle East British work with Arabs to defeat the Ottoman Empire – T.E. Lawrence leads Arab troops – Uses hit and run tactics
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