The First Battle of the Marne 1914: The French 'miracle' halts the Germans

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Osprey's study of the Battle of the Marne, which was one of the decisive encounters of World War I (1914-1918), saving France from a catastrophic defeat that would almost certainly have knocked her out of the war. Germany's failure to defeat the French committed her to a war on two fronts, which would lead to trench warfare and the war of attrition that the General Staff had hoped to avoid. The conduct of the battle served to make and break the reputation of commanders and subordinates alike. Although not an...

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Overview

Osprey's study of the Battle of the Marne, which was one of the decisive encounters of World War I (1914-1918), saving France from a catastrophic defeat that would almost certainly have knocked her out of the war. Germany's failure to defeat the French committed her to a war on two fronts, which would lead to trench warfare and the war of attrition that the General Staff had hoped to avoid. The conduct of the battle served to make and break the reputation of commanders and subordinates alike. Although not an decisive defeat, the battle was a strategic Allied victory. Further attempts by each side to outflank the other led to the formation of a continuous front from the North Sea to Switzerland, which set the pattern for the rest of the war.

This title presents the origins of the campaign, followed by a brief chronology, before detailing the opposing commanders and armies. It then breaks out the French orders of battle and the German's opposing plans, the outcome of the fighting and the aftermath of the battle. The book concludes with a look at the battlefield today and suggestions for further reading.

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"Essential to a better understanding of Western Front history." - The Midwest Book Review

"This 96-page book documents the origins of the campaign, followed by a brief chronology. Then the opposing commanders and the forces at their disposal are detailed ... Hobbyists will discover diorama ideas in this good book’s great mixture of period photographs and full-color illustrations. Especially notable is one of the plates by Graham Turner depicting one of the battle’s iconic moments when French reinforcements rushed to the front embarked from a column of 6,000 Parisian taxi cabs." -Toy Soldier & Model Figure August 2011
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846035029
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 795,524
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Sumner was born in 1953 in Eccles, near Manchester, UK. He originally trained as a librarian in Newcastle-upon-Tyne but now devotes himself to full-time writing. He has written numerous titles for Osprey, and also several books on the history of the East Riding of Yorkshire, where he now lives with his wife. The author lives in Yorkshire, England.

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Table of Contents

Opening Moves 5

Chronology 9

Opposing Commanders 12

Allied commanders

German commanders

Opposing Forces 15

Allied forces

German forces

Orders of battle

Opposing Plans 23

The First Battle of the Marne 28

The battle of the Ourcq, 5-9 September

The battle of the Saint-Gond marshes, 6-10 September

The battle of the two Morins, 6-11 September

Aftermath 81

Conclusion

The Battlefield Today 92

Further Reading 94

Index 95

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