As is said above, what would happen if Germany is (somehow) able to get the 24 extra divisions needed for the Schlieffen Plan? How would the Battle of Frontiers & Marne go? Would Germany win?
To give any kind of guess we need to know how and the lead up time. 24 extra German divisions is a lot, so how would France react to obvious(?) German expansion?As is said above, what would happen if Germany is (somehow) able to get the 24 extra divisions needed for the Schlieffen Plan? How would the Battle of Frontiers & Marne go? Would Germany win?
Which the Germans couldn't manage even in WWII.More sense to have a larger reserve, and rotate troops out frequently to keep them fresh.
They couldn't really supply the OTL numbers of troops on the front.
They need mechanization of supply columns, not more troops, to be honest
Well a broken clock is right twice a day so there is that.If Germany has an extra 24 divisions, the French are likely to notice.
Which will work right up until the Russians start screaming at the French to carry their weight.The idiocy of Plan XVII dropped for something far more defensive and wait for the Russians.
There is no reserve left to strengthen the reserve - France had been overdrafting it's population to make it as strong as it was. France could not make it stronger, short of drafting it's female population.Only strengthening the reserves would offer the French much hope
They will notice the lack of a HSF.The British will even notice it.
Or, they head of the issue at start. OTL they drifted towards France and Russia because of hostility to Germany, and a fear of being constrained by the Franco-Russian alliance. ITTL, Germany won't have that Navy, and focused as it is on Russia and France, serves as a much better counterbalance than OTL.The realization that France would need real assistance against Germany would likely mean an Army expansion.
I don't think they could have been deployed so as to make Schlieffen work. Unless the Army expansion is combined with mechanisation, there just isn't supply.I've seen the argument, I believe in John Keegan's volume on the First World War, that additional troops would be pointless because the existing forces on the German right wing were already using the entirety of the Belgian/ Northern French road network. Even if you pulled them from the left wing or magicked them out of thin air, there were only so many roads that soldiers could march down, and thus additional forces could only follow up the existing units, or clog up the supply lines. This seems plausible, but does anyone know anything more about this?
In that case, Russia and France reduce their naval programs and match the GermansTo clear up things:
Germany gains the extra 24 through completely cancelling their naval programmes. It all goes into artillery, since the effective fighting power of a division in this time is determined by firepower.
We all know Germany has plenty manpower to fulfill those 24.
The real questions are:
How would international opinion change?
How would French and Russian planning change?
How would the initial battles of the war go?
Schileffen plan was just a general ideas, not a real plan, and even them Moltke almost pulled it, with 24 extra division that is a rush over itAs is said above, what would happen if Germany is (somehow) able to get the 24 extra divisions needed for the Schlieffen Plan? How would the Battle of Frontiers & Marne go? Would Germany win?
If so, we have a completely different war in our hands. The English are not really that interested in fighting the Germans without the Naval raceAssume that the High Sea Fleet is more of a High Sea Flotilla, given the funds & manpower diverted from OTL to the landsers.