First Battle of the Marne

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French sodiers waiting for assault, in a ditch in 1914
French soldiers chase German ones, contemporary illustration of 1914.

The First Battle of the Marne was a battle in the First World War. It was fought between the German Reich on one side, and the French and English on the other. The battle ended with a tactical retreat of the German army. It was one of the first signs that the Schlieffen Plan did not work. The battle cost the lives of over one million French and English soldiers, and over 750.000 soldiers of the Reich. The battle was founght from the 5th to the 12th September 1914.