Battle of the Marne

Photograph of British 18-pounders in action at Signy Signets during the Battle of the Marne, 8 September 1914.

The Battle of the Marne (5-10 September 1914) was one of the pivotal battles of the First World War. It ended with the retreat of the previously advancing German armies from the River Marne to the River Aisne, thereby destroying German hopes of a rapid march on Paris and condemning both sides to a long and wearying war of attrition on the Western Front. This Allied rearguard action succeeded despite the behaviour of the BEF commander Sir John French, who had to be ordered by Kitchener to keep his British troops in the battle.
IWM Q 51488 (8 Sep 1914)
Guns at the Marne
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