By the first decade of the last century, the two great opposing alliance systems in Europe had formed, or been starched into the fine conformity of Milton, “a staunch and solid piece of framework, as any January could freeze together” (if we overlook the pliable Italians). All had their war plans, but none as famous as Schlieffen’s. And by 1914, all plans were for the offensive – any previous defensive ones were discarded in favour of the much more manly and becoming offensive action, or so the thinking went.
This episode was written by Colm Ó Sé.
Colm was born and lives in Dublin; He is a medical graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and works as a GP; he is an enthusiastic amateur historian.