/ (German ˈʃliːfən) /
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Alfred (ˈalfreːt), Count von Schlieffen. 1833–1913, German field marshal, who devised the Schlieffen Plan (1905): it was intended to ensure German victory over a Franco-Russian alliance by holding off Russia with minimal strength and swiftly defeating France by a massive flanking movement through the Low Countries. In a modified form, it was unsuccessfully employed in World War I (1914)
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It had all been worked out years ago… in the Schlieffen Plan.Barbara Tuchman’s ‘The Guns of August’ Is Still WWI’s Peerless Chronicle|James A. Warren|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was sitting by the Countess Schlieffen, a delightful person, who is much interested in all our proceedings.Elizabeth Fry|Mrs. E. R. Pitman