Baltasar wrote:When exactly would the Germans attack the British? The Germans offensives in the west were limited to Verdun once the front had settled down.
Of course, post-1914 there is little reason for the Germans to attack in the West, at all (the desirability of German western move in 1914 was its own epic thread
). Pushing Russia around, helping KuK deal with Italy, pacifying the Balkans, and focusing on methods to run the Entente blockade should suffice.
There were some small and one large german operation against the British. The largest 1915 German West Front attack was the Ypres.
However, should there be itching for West Front action
, I think British rather than French are the more 'appealing' target. First, French are very effective at bleeding themselves, amply demonstrated during the Battle of the Frontiers, the 1915 Champaigne attacks, and the 1917 offensive actions. Second, British are building a land army from ground up, while French already have one established, so it's a target easier to tackle. Letting this threat develop without great challenge allowed Britain to play key role in breaking the German defensive line in 1918. Destroying the British forces is a much easier task than destroying the French. Third, politically the french already took in the setbacks of 1914 and survived. How will the British Empyr deal with the destruction of British conscript armies?
Fourth, (least critical, I'd say) pushing back the British creates the possibility for shortening the West Front and decreasing the cost of defending it.
French government panics at the very idea of a British withdrawal, and orders its army to attack the Germans to take pressure off the British, regardless of consequences.
And THAT (french attacks) did not work well at all anyway before mid-1918. That is the key point of my ATL proposal.