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First Battle of the Marne Facts

German Soldiers in trench at the First Battle of the Marne.
German Soldiers at the First Battle of the Marne

Introduction - The First Battle of the Marne

In August of 1914, shortly after the outbreak of World War One, the German army invaded Belgium and started marching towards Paris; the capital of France. Their goal was to quickly capture Paris and force France into surrendering. This was called the Schlieffen Plan and it was crucial to Germany's strategy. A quick defeat of the French would mean Germany would not have to fight a two front war; an eastern front against Russia and a western front against France. Germany started a swift advance towards Paris which seemed unstoppable; they got within 30 miles (48.28 Kilometers) of the French capital. The French army would make their stand near Paris, just south of the River Marne, at the First Battle of the Marne. Read on for a summary of this battle. Below is a list of interesting facts about this major battle, which also serves as a sort of timeline, written for both kids and adults to enjoy and understand.

The First Battle of the Marne Basic Facts

First Battle of the Marne Interesting Facts