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Title: German and French Armies on the Western Front


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German and French Armies on the Western Front
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The basic fighting group of an army is the
Infantry Company. Depending on many factors, the
Company can be made up of between 30 to 120 men.
It is commanded by a Captain. 10 companies make
up a Regiment, usually commanded by a Colonel or
Lieutenant Colonel.
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Between 2-9 Regiments make up a Brigade. This is
around 1000-3000 soldiers. 2-4 Brigades make up
an Infantry Division. This contained around 5000
men.
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2-4 divisions made up a Corps, and between 2-7
Corps made up a Field Army.
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On the Western Front, Germany attacked France,
Luxembourg, and Belgium with 7 field Armies.
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The German Armies were numbered from their right
to their left. The First army was the horse
Schlieffen/Moltke/Germany was betting upon to
win. They were to envelope the French army by
sweeping north and west close to the English
Channel and circle behind Paris. Of course, this
would take them through Belgium.
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The 2nd Army too was to travel through Belgium,
as was the 3rd. They would attack through the
Ardennes Forest.
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The 4th and 5th armies attacked the French strong
points, while the 6th and 7th held the attacking
French armies at bay.
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The Germans had prepared better and had the
superiority in numbers. They push the French
back on almost every front. However, they did
not stick to their plan, and their plan did not
cover everything.
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The French Plan 17, called for 5 French armies to
attack German to the North East, once Germany had
attacked Belgium. The Allied British Army was
supposed to stop any German advance up north.
The French armies are numbered 1-5 starting on
their right.
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The Germans would not complete their objective.
There were stopped short of Paris, and could not
obliterate the French Army.
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