Monthly Archives: September 2014

AT MARNE, DISORDER IN GERMAN RANKS

Anglo-French on Offensive; Germans Driven Back Across Strategic River Special to The Great War Project (8-9 September) By this date a century ago, the confidence of the French and British forces at the battle for the Marne is growing. They are on the offensive. One British senior officer writes home: “The tide of invasion seems…

AT THE MARNE, THE TIDE TURNS

German Lines Crumbling; Time to Chase the Germans Special to The Great War Project (6-7 September) The tide of battle at the Marne is shifting. On these days a century ago, the forces of France and Britain stop their retreat, steel their positions, and turn their retreat into attack. “It was an inspiring thought,” writes…

ON THE EVE OF THE GREAT CLASH

Anglo-French Forces Dig in at the River Marne Special to The Great War Project (4 September) These are crucial days on both the Western and Eastern fronts. In their long retreat in the West, Anglo-French forces pull back south of the River Marne in France. There they dig in, ready to take on the Germans.…

GREAT ARMIES MASS AT THE MARNE

British and Germans Exhausted; Paris the Prize Special to The Great War Project (2-3 September) On this day September 3 a century ago, on the Western Front the German army is just 25 miles from Paris. For the British Expeditionary Force and the French army, it’s been thirteen days of grueling retreat covering 150 miles.…

PARIS IS IN GERMAN SIGHTS

French Government Flees to Bordeaux; A Million Parisians Follow Special to The Great War Project (1 September) After just one month a century ago, Europe is aflame with tens of thousands of dead soldiers in both the Eastern and Western Fronts, and thousands of prisoners. There is no doubt that in the first month of…