Battle of the marne

It is viewed today as one of the keys to ultimately ending the war as the Germans realized that they lacked the resources to win the battles necessary to win World War I.

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While Paris was preparing for a siege, the Allies exploited the gap between the German First and Second armies. These two corps, continuing their advance, caused the Germans to fall back, and I Corps was enabled to resume its own advance.

Few bridges crossed the Marne and these could be destroyed.

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Few bridges crossed the Marne and these could be destroyed. Here the benefits of defence over attack became clear as the Germans repelled successive Allied attacks from the shelter of trenches: the First Battle of the Aisne marked the real beginning of trench warfare on the Western Front. At the beginning of World War I, Germany decided to take its chances and put the Schlieffen Plan, with a few changes, into effect. The bloody fighting of raged for three days along a mile front. He told them that, even though their men were tired, they only had to march a further nine miles and they would be joining the pursuit of the Germans and earn a battle clasp. It is difficult to see how the German command could have reasonably pinned its faith on achieving as an improvised expedient the very task which in cool calculation before the war had appeared so hopeless as to lead it to take the momentous decision to advance through Belgium as the only feasible alternative. The locals reported that the Germans responsible for destroying the bridge had become incapably drunk instead.

While the German Schlieffen Plan failed to decisively defeat the Allied Powers in France, the German army occupied a good portion of northern France as well as most of Belgium and it was the failure of the French Plan 17 that caused that situation.

Date of the Battle of the Marne: 6th to 9th September Soldiers charging into battle by Unknown As the Germans advanced, their armies became strung out and a large gap grew between the First and Second German armies.

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To fight France in the west and Russia in the east, Germany would need to divide its troops and resources and then send them in separate directions. Around , soldiers were killed or wounded in its six days of heavy fighting, roughly an equal number on each side. However, the Germans succeeded in capturing a large part of the industrial north east of France, a serious blow. At the beginning of World War I, Germany decided to take its chances and put the Schlieffen Plan, with a few changes, into effect. The casualties in the advance to the Marne during the period 6th to 10th September were 1, It would turn west near the English Channel and then south to cut off the French retreat. Echoes of the decisive victory at Sedan rang loudly in the ears of German generals, and this led them to pluck the fruit before it was ripe. The strong German positions on the north side of the Marne were covered by artillery from the area of Montmireuil, firing into the III Corps right flank, and further batteries directly in the German rear. Casualties were reported as 15, killed, wounded and missing. Instead, the German Army was forced to fall back a considerable distance to the line of the Aisne River, broadly the line between the opposing sides until early

On 3 September, Joffre ordered a halt to the French retreat and three days later his reinforced left flank began a general offensive.

Von Kluck reluctantly ordered his troops to pull back.

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The new pessimism of Moltke and the renewed optimism of his army commanders together produced a fresh change of plan, which contained the seeds of disaster. It is difficult to see how the German command could have reasonably pinned its faith on achieving as an improvised expedient the very task which in cool calculation before the war had appeared so hopeless as to lead it to take the momentous decision to advance through Belgium as the only feasible alternative.

The French and British had just over 1, soldiers including six French armies and one British army.

Battle of marne significance

On September 10 the Germans began a general retreat that ended north of the Aisne River, where they dug in, and the trench warfare that was to typify the Western Front for the next three years began. The major led a mounted party, of his trumpeter and nine gunners, in a dash through the woods, under fire from several points, until he found the machine guns, captured them from the surrounding German units and brought them back into the British line. German attacks against the Second Army south of Verdun from 5 September almost forced the French to retreat. Here they built long lines of trenches and managed to hold off the Allied army. We know anyhow that with a prescience greater in political than in military affairs, he wrote to his wife on the night of the 9th, "Things have not gone well. There were over 1,, German soldiers under the leadership of General Helmuth von Moltke. Mass confusion within the German army ensued. The only way to attack them is with artillery. The German 1st Army, under Kluck, then swung north of Paris, rather than south west, as intended. On September 5, Kluck learned of the approaching enemy and began to wheel his First Army west to meet the threat posed by Sixth Army. This required them to pass into the valley of the River Marne across the Paris defences, exposing them to a flank attack and a possible counter-envelopment. It could be seen that there was a barricade across the middle of the bridge, but no German troops holding it. He utilized his interior lines to move troops from his right wing to the critical left wing, he fired underperforming generals, and promoted competent ones. The temporary advantage which the German First Army had gained over Maunoury was thereby nullified, and it fell back the same day. Reaching the Aisne, the Germans halted and occupied the high ground north of the river.

This resistance, coupled with the close wooded countryside, held up the advance by the14th Brigade towards Montreuil.

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