Kaiserreich a TL: the Essays Jul 28, 2022 17:12:40 GMT
Post by stevep on Jul 28, 2022 17:12:40 GMT
The french army is separate, the 6th army order hold Paris
while the German 1th 2th, 3th, 4th stand between Paris and french 5th, 9th and 4th at Marne
and french 3th 2th and 1th Army hold position against German 5th, 6th, 7th Army,
While BEF as issue with French defence at Paris (the french mistake them for Germans and open fire)
This is a pat situation that easy end in Trench warfare, not wanted by general and Me the author
Already on 2 September the French Government fled Paris toward Bordeaux together with 1/3 of Paris population...
(OTL The government returned to Paris on December 11, 1914)
Moltke has two options:
1. seek decide Victory in second Battle fighting french 5th, 9th and 4th at Marne and 3th 2th and 1th Army on German border.
2. attack Paris with 1th army, Paris is heavy defender by french 6th army, BEF and local Forces in two rings of Fortresses.
Joffre options also not better
1. seek decide Victory in second Battle fighting german 1th, 2th, 3th and 4th Army
2. strategic retreat of his armies toward Paris, but giving Germans more space to move
3. Invade Germany with 3th 2th and 1th Army in hope the Germans move their Forces away from Marne toward the German Border.
in mean time Germany control the Belgium Railway and bring resupply and reinforcement to frontline in France.
Well for the French I suspect 2 would be the best option as the German forces are at the end of very long supply lines but I suspect its probably more likely he would try 1. Think by this time 3 was a dead letter.
OTL the Belgians managed to sabotage much of their railway network in the regions occupied by this stage so the Germans were having to supply their right wing largely by horse-drawn vehicles. Are you thinking the faster conquest of south and central Belgium will change this factor?