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octoberman

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What if in ww1 instead of invading france through belgium Germany executed a feint attack in the north, to lure the Allied armies forward into Belgium and pin them down and then surrounded them by invasion through the Ardennes like in OTL WW2
 

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What if in ww1 instead of invading france through belgium Germany executed a feint attack in the north, to lure the Allied armies forward into Belgium and pin them down and then surrounded them by invasion through the Ardennes like in OTL WW2
Unless you are giving them 1940 Panzer Divisons it's not going to happen. Sickle Cut was dependent on mobility and better German command and communications, things that did not apply in 1914. If anything, this is a recipe for a swift German defeat.
 
Specifically, the sickle cut depended on the Wehrmacht's ability to execute their plans much faster than French and British forces could react to them, getting so far inside the Allied decision loop that the Allies were unable to mount an effective counterattack despite the sickle being (on paper, at least) horribly overextended and vulnerable.

One key element of this, of course, was the Panzer divisions. When your attacking force can move 25 MPH over open roads and has supply trucks right behind it, it's a lot harder to react to than an attacking force that has to walk everywhere and which is largely reliant on horse-drawn wagons for last-mile logistics and for moving field artillery around.

Command and control is another major aspect here. German units had radio sets in every tank and had doctrines that allowed information to flow upwards and orders to flow downward through the organization very quickly to adapt the plan to changing circumstances, while the French and British were largely reliant on runners and fixed-location telephones and had command practices that took decisions at a comparatively leisurely pace.

In 1914, there's no Panzer divisions obviously. There were some trucks, but nowhere near enough to fully supply a large attacking force on the move. And German C&C technology and procedures in 1914 were pretty comparable to that of the French, British, and Belgian forces they were opposing.
 

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Please use the Post-1900 Misc. thread for these sorts of WI.

You need to actually start a discussion not just ask a question or issue an AH challenge




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