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Extracts from the minutes of a meeting in 1911 of the Imperial Defence Committee setting out British Army preparations for war
(Catalogue ref: CAB 38/19)
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  CAB 38/19; meeting on army preparations for war, 1911  

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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:

  • Does this document give the impression that the British regard Germany as a threat?
  • Does this document suggest that the British knew about the Schlieffen Plan?
  • Do you get the impression that the British government is expecting war with Germany - or simply being cautious?
  • How important is Belgium in the British plans?
  • How big was the British army compared to the German army that might invade France?
  • What would be the main value of the British forces that might go to France?
  • Does there appear to be any doubt that Britain would oppose Germany if it invaded France?
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