The First Battle of the Marne 1914

The First Battle of the Marne 1914

The French ‘miracle’ halts the Germans

Campaign 221
  • Author: Ian Sumner
  • Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Short code: CAM 221
  • Publication Date: 10 May 2010
  • Number of Pages: 96
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In 1914 the Germans launched an offensive that swept through Belgium and into France, threatening to crush French resistance in one fell swoop. However, through careful maneuvering and stubborn resistance, the French Army, aided by the BEF, blunted the assault, winning an important strategic victory that kept France in the war. This victory ensured that Germany would have to fight a two-front war, and the Western Front descended into the stalemate of trench warfare. One of the most important battles in the First World War, the First Battle of the Marne would be the last battle of maneuver to be seen on the Western Front for several years to come.

Biographical Note

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.Graham Turner is a leading historical artist, specializing in the medieval period. He has illustrated numerous titles for Osprey, covering a wide variety of subjects from the dress of the 10th-century armies of the Caliphates, through the action of bloody medieval battles, to the daily life of the British Redcoat of the late 18th century. The son of the illustrator Michael Turner, Graham lives and works in Buckinghamshire.

Contents

Opening moves
Chronology
Opposing commanders
Opposing forces
Opposing plans
The first battle of the Marne
Aftermath
The battlefield today
Further reading
Index

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