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Deployment Plans
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Deployment Plans

Deployment plans were plans for readying the mobilized units of a land army. To what degree the warring states of World War I actually sought after this conflict is one of the most intensively researched, and most sharply contended subjects of 20th century historiography. It is agreed, however, that most powers had worked out detailed mobilization and attack plans in case of war. These, they also realized to a greater or lesser degree when war broke out in August 1914.

The war plans of the German Reich are customarily referred to as the Schlieffen Plan, even …

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Bourne, John, “Deployment Plans”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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