Presentation on theme: "COURSE OF WWI. Course of WWI short war illusion Schlieffen Plan: avoid 2-front war western front vs. eastern front trench warfare = stalemate."— Presentation transcript:
COURSE OF WWI
Course of WWI short war illusion Schlieffen Plan: avoid 2-front war western front vs. eastern front trench warfare = stalemate
Schlieffen Plan – August, 1914
Schlieffen Plan – September, 1914
Trenches A British soldier inside a trench.
Battles to Know Marne 1 st trenches Somme & Verdun bloody little ground gained
Why did the US enter the war in 1917? Germanys unrestricted submarine warfare 1915: sinking of Lusitania : halted 1917: resumed Zimmermann Telegram Germany offered Mexico US territory if they joined the German cause
Why was WWI so destructive? trench warfare new technologies: tank poison gas machine gun airplane submarine
Verdun: Before & After Cloister of the Hotel la Princerie (France) – before and after the battle.
Tank A German tank. 1916: tank warfare introduced by France/GB 1917: France & GB used 1500 tanks each
Poison Gas German soldiers wearing gas masks. The Germans introduced the use of poison gas in warfare in 1915.
Airplane Above: Painting of a British airplane engaged in combat. The airplane has a machine gun mounted on its top wing. Below: A German airplane.