Sunday, September 05, 2004

On this day in military 1914

On this day in military 1914. The Battle of the Marne begins with the French Army counterattacking the right flank of the German forces driving for Paris. The French/British counterattacks over the next five days stopped the German advance and forced them to fall back, dig trenches and consolidate their gains.

The First Battle of the Marne (yes, the first battle) is considered as one of the most decisive battles in history because the Von Schlieffen Plan for the conquest of France was defeated as was the Allies plan for a quick end to the war. A perfect example of a battle where the losers are apparent but the victor is not.


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