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Map showing the planned movements of German forces in the Schlieffen Plan, 1905
(Catalogue ref: CAB 20/4)
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  CAB 20/4; map of Schlieffen Plan, 1905  

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Study this source carefully. There are details in this source that will help you to answer the key question. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What do you think the numbers on the map represent?
  • What do you think the lines and arrows represent?
  • The main aim of the Schlieffen Plan was to capture Paris. Is this obvious from this map?
  • The British and French did not officially know about the Schlieffen Plan before the war. Do you think it was possible to keep a plan like this secret?
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