So, today we have Helmuth Von Moltke, Chief of the German General Staff,  in the top row, and General Joseph Joffre, Commander-in-Chief of the French forces on the Western Front on the bottom.

While Germany’s modified (more on that next week) Schlieffen Plan was super-organised and minutely planned, the French one seemed to have been thought of just before last call the night before it was due. I’m probably missing some vital point that makes the whole thing make sense, so if anyone knows, please fill me in. I read that the French believed they could defeat the more modern and larger German forces simply through casual racism chauvinism. motivation and speed, but Joffre must’ve had somebody looking over his shoulder, checking his work, right? Right?