The Great War, 1914
The Great War began in July of 1914. Invading France through Belgium, German forces blasted their way into France and by September were rapidly approaching Paris. In a bid to surround the city, Two German pincers encircled the French defenses, and as the battle neared a fever pitch, on the Eastern Front a problem arose. General Paul Von Hindenburg was under heavy assault from the Russians, and General Von Moltke decided to detach two Corps, or 200,000 men, from the right flank of the pincers and send them East. Von Hindenburg refused the reinforcements, saying they would never arrive in time to affect the battle. not sure what to do, Von Moltke decided to let Hindenburg go at it without any help from the West. As it later turned out, the Russians were annihilated two days before the two Corps would have arrived. Beginning the week of September 4th, The Germans fought their way to Paris, and by the 21st, linked up a few miles behind the capital. French forces within Paris refused to surrender, and so a grim deadly episode from the Franco-Prussian War repeated itself. Paris withstood siege for three weeks, before the French Government decided to a cease-fire.
The Post War era
On January 18th, 1915, on the anniversary of the founding of the German Empire, The German Army hold a Victory parade in Berlin. Generals Paul Von Hindenburg and Von Moltke heroes of the Western and Eastern Fronts, sit in the review stand with the Kaiser.