Bundle of 4 - World War I - Key Battles of 1914

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This is a bundle of 4 highly animated, power point presentations on World War I - Key Battles of 1914. All four presentations together number 52 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.

The early stages of the Schlieffen Plan were largely successful and the German cause was further bolstered by a stunning victory over the Russians at Tannenberg in late-August. In Belgium, the Germans pushed back the small Belgian Army and defeated the British Expeditionary Force at Mons.

The BEF and French forces finally succeeded in checking the German advance at the First Battle of the Marne in early September. Counterattacking at the Aisne, the Allies had little success. A strategic location, Ypres was the last obstacle between the Germans and the key Channel ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer. Conversely, an Allied breakthrough near the town would allow them to sweep across the relatively flat terrain of Flanders and threaten key German supply lines.

A critical victory for the Allies, the First Battle of Ypres saw the BEF sustain 7,960 killed, 29,562 wounded, and 17,873 missing, while the French incurred between 50,000 and 85,000 casualties of all types. To the north, the Belgians took 21,562 casualties during the campaign. German losses for their efforts in Flanders totaled 19,530 killed, 83,520 wounded, 31,265 missing.

Many of the German losses were sustained by the reserve formations that had been comprised of students and other youths. As a result, their loss was dubbed the "Massacre of the Innocents of Ypres."

With winter approaching, both sides began digging in and constructing the elaborate trench systems that would characterize the front for the remainder of the war.

Power point #1 is entitled, World War I - Key Battles - 1914 - First Battle of Ypres and contains 15 slides and covers the following:

Background
Map of the Western Front
Race to The Sea
Setting the Stage
German Reinforcements
Fighting Begins
BEF’s Rapid Fire
Fierce Fighting
Digging In
Casualties
Massacre of the Innocents
End of Presentation

With the outbreak of World War I, Germany began implementation of the Schlieffen Plan. This called for the bulk of their forces to assemble in the west while only a small holding force remained in the east. The goal of the plan was to quickly defeat France before the Russians could fully mobilize their forces. With France defeated, Germany would be free to focus their attention to the east. Only General Maximilian von Prittwitz's 8th Army was allocated for the defense of East Prussia as it was expected that it would take the Russians several weeks to transport their men to the front.

Russia and Germany fought a fierce battle at Tanneberg with the Russians suffering casualties of 92,000 captured, and another 30,000-50,000 killed and wounded. German casualties totaled around 12,000-20,000.

The Battle of Tannenberg, Hindenburg succeeded in ending the Russian threat to East Prussia and Silesia. Following Tannenberg, Rennenkampf began a fighting retreat which culminated in a German victory at the First Battle of the Masurian Lakes in mid-September. Having escaped the encirclement, but unable to face Tsar Nicholas II after the defeat, Samsonov committed suicide.

Power point #2 is entitled, World War I - Key Battles - 1914 - Battle of Tannenberg and contains 14 slides and covers the following:


Background
Map of the Eastern Front
German Miscalculation
German Losses
Shifting South
Hoffman Plan Approved
Plan Unfolds
German Breakthrough
Russians Retreating
Russians Surrender
Casualties & Aftermath
End of Presentation

As Germany began implementation of the Schlieffen Plan, it called for violating the neutrality of Luxembourg and Belgium in order to strike France from the north. Pushing through Belgium, the Germans were slowed by stubborn resistance which allowed the French and arriving British Expeditionary Force to form a defensive line.

Driving south, the Germans inflicted defeats on the Allies at the Battles of Charleroi and Mons. Fighting a series of holding actions, French forces, led by commander-in-chief General Joseph Joffre, fell back to a new position behind the Marne with the goal of holding Paris.

Allied casualties in the fighting numbered around 263,000, while the Germans incurred similar losses. In the wake of the battle, Moltke reportedly informed Kaiser Wilhelm II, "Your Majesty, we have lost the war." For his failure, he was replaced as Chief of the General Staff on September 14 by Erich von Falkenhayn.

A key strategic victory for the Allies, the First Battle of the Marne effectively ended German hopes for a quick victory in the west and condemned them to a costly two-front war.

Power point #3 is entitled, World War I - Key Battles - 1914 - First Battle of the Marne and contains 12 slides and covers the following:

Background
Map of the Western Front
British Expeditionary Force
Kluck & Bulow
Battle Begins
New Technology
German Retreat
Casualties & Aftermath
Entrenching
End of Presentation

Crossing the Channel in the early days of World War I, the British Expeditionary Force deployed in the fields of Belgium. Led by Sir John French, the BEF moved into position in front of Mons and formed a line along the Mons-Condé Canal. There they dug in to await the advancing Germans who were sweeping through Belgium in accordance to the Schlieffen Plan.

On August 22, after being defeated by the Germans, General Charles Lanrezac, the commander of the French 5th Army, began a pullback. Though a defeat, the stand of the BEF bought valuable time for Belgian and French forces to fall back in an attempt to form a new defensive line.

The night after the battle, French learned that Tournai had fallen and that German columns were advancing. Left with little choice, the BEF retreated towards Cambrai, a retreat that lasted 14 days and ended near Paris.

Power point #4 is entitled, War I - Key Battles - 1914 - Battle of Mons and contains 12 slides and covers the following:

Background
Map of the Western Front
First Shots of WW I
Brits Hold
British Firepower
BEF Fallback
Casualties
Aftermath
End of Presentation

This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....World War I.






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