Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Vive La France! Plan XVII

With these figures I was going for that forlorn hope look with lots of walking wounded. The Battle of the Frontiers in the first months of the the First World War was brutal on the French,their field armies suffered more than 21% casualties in the first month of the war. French tactics for the battle, Plan XVII, worked to the German benefit and no amount of elan could over come this massive error. Luckly for the French, and their allies, the Germans made mistakes as well. Unfortuantly for the world the failures of all these plans would doom a generation of young men to the horrors of what they would call the GREAT WAR!

If you would like to get a feel for the true scope of the inital battle plans for the war and what went wrong for each of the participants you need to read Barbara Tuchman's great work "The Guns of August." It will blow you away at how many lives these mistakes cost.

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